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Stan's Crack 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Stan Wallace, Spencer Turrentine - 1970s
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Submitted By: Danny Inman on May 6, 2007

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Stans Crack


This route follows a great handcrack in a left-facing corner for about 65-70 feet to a spacious belay ledge, at which point there is an obvious off-width (direct finish 9+) to the left or easier terrain to the right -- the original route goes right following mellow terrain to the anchors. I found the route to be sustained at the grade with no particular crux. The face holds are plentiful, so the rests come easy as does protection.

Though it's officially a two-pitch route, Stan's Crack can easily be done in one pitch without serious rope drag issues.


Continue past RJ gold etc., down a couple of steps-follow the trail for 30 yards or so. The route is a prominent left-facing corner.


Mainly hand-sized cams. A rack from 1" up to 3" will do fine, double up on the 2 - 2.5" pieces to really sew it up. Bolted anchors at the top.

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By Jason Price
May 15, 2007
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is a great route! The fact that it has 2 pitches (although the 2nd is quite short) makes for a unique experience at Sunset. The exit up the face left of the off-width is also a great finish at about 10a. The gear (sm. to med. wires/cams) is not obvious from the belay, but it opens up as you go. Fantastic...
By ryan baxter
Jul 22, 2008

Fun Sustained Route. If using the Ring anchors above the 5.11 to the right, it seemed best to belay from above. we did not, however and a well placed directional limited rope drag. still in hind site would have belayed my partner form above.
By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Jul 26, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Great climb, but the rating is a sandbag as far as I'm concerned. Pretty much never lets up til you're near the top of the first pitch.
By Stone Brew
From: Chattanooga, TN
Sep 25, 2008

Probably the best 8 at sunset with perfect cadillac smooth jamming and gear a go-go. I think you could throw cams at the route and they would be bomber! There are anchors off to the right at two thirds height, but if you have a 3.5 and or a 4 BD then continue straight up the crack for the more natural line. Large hands will keep the grade moderate, but my small handed wife stems it at about 9+
By cshuey77 shuey
From: Asheviile,nc
May 27, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Tons of handjams, steming, and gear. Great router for 5.8 leader.
By Brad Stewart
From: ATL
Jun 18, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun climb with some good jams, but I think it may be a little bit harder than a 5.8+ . Definitely worth doing but I would recommend being a solid 5.9 leader to take on this climb.
By RandyLee
From: Los Angeles, CA
Aug 1, 2017

If you want to do it in one pitch, safe some big gear for the top. I needed the #2 and #3 cams back from the first pitch, so I had to do it in 2. Great belay ledge if you're going to do it in 2.

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