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Superior Crack 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Ian Harmon on May 26, 2006

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Harrison working his way up Superior Crack on a be...


There are basically two approaches to climbing this corner. The first is to embrace offwidth technique and the second is to stem in the corner. The rock has lots of features making stemming a viable option but this certainly makes it seem harder than 5.8+. This route it slightly overhung so be prepared for a swing if you pop off.
  • RCM&W #49, p.214.


About 50 yards northeast of the parking lot. Follow the cliff line past Bluebells to a corner with a large crack.


For lead large cams, Big Bros, and any other off-width gear you have, there's some smaller stuff in there too but not much. Standard Top Rope setup, I would recommend using a belay device that allows you to easily lower the climber in case they pop off (i.e. not a reverso).

Photos of Superior Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on foggy Superior Crack
Climber on foggy Superior Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise overlooking Superior Crack
Sunrise overlooking Superior Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Sydney on Superior Crack!
Sydney on Superior Crack!
Rock Climbing Photo: Fuzzy in the middle of a long climb.
Fuzzy in the middle of a long climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: From the bottom
BETA PHOTO: From the bottom
Rock Climbing Photo: Divesh Bhatt on Superior Crack, with Shovel Point ...
Divesh Bhatt on Superior Crack, with Shovel Point ...
Rock Climbing Photo: An unknown climber stemming up Superior Crack.
An unknown climber stemming up Superior Crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber on Superior Crack.
Unknown climber on Superior Crack.

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By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Aug 3, 2009

This is a fun route, interesting ways to get up it.
By TKrosbakken
From: Duluth, MN
Feb 11, 2010

anyone led this?
By flynn
Apr 11, 2015

Both Superior and Quetico were led in the 70's and 80's without any cams or large gear besides #10 and #11 hexes.
By Backwards Eric
Jul 12, 2017

The rack I used approximately in order (C4 sizes): (2)#4, #5, #6, #.75, blue big bro, Metolius #00. Wanted another #4.

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