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Stress Fracture 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bob Scarpelli & Richard Pampe, 1985
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Submitted By: poundit14 on Jun 21, 2009

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Climb up a large flake into a right-facing, rattly, finger crack. Pull the lip and the climb is done. There are bolts on top for an anchor with rap rings. Due to the crystalline nature of the crack, the gear is a little hard to fish in. The gear is good, but you will have to fiddle with it to get it in nicely.


This climb is on the northern side of a little wall referred to as Goldirocks, in Heel&Toe, use the same trail to get to the southeast side of Blair 0, and continue east to Goldirocks. The short wall should be visible, it is just on the other side of the little valley.

Also, if you are up on Medium Cool or that area, walk east around the end, by Crack Named Sue, and you'll be looking at Stress Fracture down in the valley. It is a very obvious climb.


#0.5-#2 Camalots with maybe doubles on #0.5 and #0.75 sizes.

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By Elijah Flenner
Jul 4, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I found the gear easy to place and bomber. It is a short route, but it is nice to be able to climb a vertical finger crack at Vedauwoo. Since the route is so short, thus the ground is close, I would bring at least two or three finger sized pieces and two hand sized pieces (one for the bottom and one for the top).
By slim
Sep 4, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I had wanted to do this one for a long time, but it isn't that great. The setting is cool, but the climbing isn't as good as it looks. The rock quality is poor on the first half, the gear is kind of tedious, and the climbing is just kind of awkward (and sharp, even by Vedauwoo standards). Probably worth doing once.
By Chris Mack
Sep 24, 2012

I kind of agree with slim. It is worth doing once. Might as well run a lap or two on TR afterward, to make it worth it. We expected it to be twice as long, so it was a bit of a letdown when we realized it was only 25 feet high. I agree that the gear is a little tedious. The only placement I really had an issue with was the one right before the hand jam exit. It seemed to take forever to get it just right, because the rock is so jagged, and it needs to be just right because you really cant afford it to blow out with that ledge below you.

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