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The Hand Cracks 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 20'
Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Bradley White 1985
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Submitted By: bradley white on Jul 17, 2009

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Go to summit of Welch Mt. On the northeast side is long black slab with a ceiling slightly below the summit also known as the big east slab. Get to the ceiling by a scary traverse ledge above the 400ft+ mostly black slab, (driving south this slab is the first slab seen).
This traverse ledge goes to three distinct vertical hand cracks. Climb the cracks. If you fall off, fall forever. The crack furthest right or north is the hardest. I free soloed them and all 5.7+ soloed can mean 5.9. Perfect for locking into the cracks with hand jams. That's why I did all three instead of one.
The big black slab has seepage most of the year. I don't know the way to its base. Its in a hard to get to place.


Summit Welch Mt. and then down climb around to the ceiling above the northeast black slab. This wide low angle slab is the first slab seen going south from Waterville Valley. The cracks can be seen also.


The cracks would take medium to large cams. I used no pro and had no rope.

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By Mike Robinson
From: Worcester, MA
Apr 5, 2010

did you solo this?
By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
Apr 20, 2012

Bring a camera or phone next time, and snag some shots for our online guidebook.
By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
Apr 20, 2012

I've looked over that stuff from the top for many years, but never ventured to make my way to the bottom. Howabout the first southfacing slab with the lookout? There must be at least something cool down there as well.

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