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Splitting Hares 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 220', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ignacio Delgado and Francis Baker 08/26/06 noon
New Route: Yes
Season: any
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Submitted By: Francis Baker (fran) on Aug 26, 2006

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This route follows a crack system for its entire length. The first pitch starts in a dihedral and finishes on classic red rock varnish face climbing, after passing a small roof. 85' 5.7. Build an anchor in the crack on a ledge just below and left of "Next Century" P1 bolts.

The second pitch starts with a nice white flake and then follows the weakness up to a roof via corner, crack, and face climbing. Surmount the roof and build a belay (opt. 1). Then work right (west) about 15' to the anchors for "Next Century". It would be possible to pull the roof and then traverse directly right to the anchors (opt. 2) and belay. 130' 5.9

Rappel "Next Century" with two ropes.


This line is 10' left (east) of "Next Century". Start in a dark dihedral with flakes capped by a white roof. The white flake starting pitch 2 is very visible from the base.


A standard rack with doubles up to 2" for the long second pitch. Pitch 1 is a trad anchor.

Photos of Splitting Hares Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rex leading the second ascent of Splitting Hares.
Rex leading the second ascent of Splitting Hares.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rex and Ignazio on pitch 2. Rex is leading.
Rex and Ignazio on pitch 2. Rex is leading.
Rock Climbing Photo: Splitting Hares. Start of p2. Lieback crack.
BETA PHOTO: Splitting Hares. Start of p2. Lieback crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: just a little cleaning on the second ascent!
just a little cleaning on the second ascent!
Rock Climbing Photo: This is a file photo of the wall. We did clean som...
BETA PHOTO: This is a file photo of the wall. We did clean som...

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By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 5, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fran, nice job on this route, it is really good. It's also a good way to reach the top of The Next Century from which you can top-rope the 5.10b/c second pitch - that was real fun, too.

We rappelled from the top of pitch 2 with two 60m ropes. The ropes won't reach the ground unless you aim some distance to the climber's right (west). In which case you can get down with a single rappel.

Pitch two is quite long so bring a generous rack.

By Jason D. Martin
Mar 31, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I climbed this route with Fran today and it was far better than expected. The bottom of the first pitch is a bit dirty, but after you're through that, it's quite fun climbing!

We broke the route up into three pitches and rapped off the bolts at the top of the second pitch of the Next Century. We were able to reach the ground with one double rope rappel.

About half way up the second pitch there was a fixed anchor which could be used to descend as well.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 22, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The second pitch on this route is a true gem! Such fun climbing, good holds, well protected...couldnt ask for more!

Well done, Fran. My compliments!
By Tom Fralich
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 5, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Agree, great route. And the ability to TR the second pitch of Next Century makes it even better.
By Leslie McG
Sep 27, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

While the 2nd pitch is absolutely stellar, the first pitch is downright terrifying. LOTS of loose rock on what may appear at first to be solid. I would suspect that as the first pitch gets climbed more the grad eon it will change.
By Sherri Lewis
From: Sequim, WA
Mar 16, 2016

We had a little trouble matching up the route description to the various choices presented by the features (ie -- it looks like you could start the first pitch two or three different places, or even climb the fun first pitch of Next Century (5.8) and move your belay for P2).

Splitting the route into three pitches made sense to us. (We built the belay on the comfortable ledge to the left about midway up P2).

If I were to climb it again, I'd skip the roof, which felt pretty straightforward 5.7ish, and try to veer underneath it to the right to belay from the Next Century bolted station rather than building a belay above the roof then moving down to the NC bolts to rap.

Some of the face sections felt a bit runout to me but the climbing was not hard there.

We took a double rack to #2 and a single #3.
By BoulderCharles
May 1, 2017

Good climb overall. I didn't find the start of P1 to be particular concerning if you are accustomed to careful climbing. P2 is definitely the highlight.

FYI, you cannot easily rap this with a 70m. If your rope is an extra meter, maybe, but otherwise bring a second rope. You can always leave the second rope at the base, lower your partner, and then pull up the second rope. Easier than bringing to along with you.

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