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Three Yak Crack 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 420'
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Mike Cronin and Mike McNeil
New Route: Yes
Season: If you do it in the snow u r bdass
Page Views: 245
Submitted By: Mike McNeil on Jul 5, 2016

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Mr. November 2, Spicy Thai Tuna, and 3 Yak Crack.

Description 

This is a stunning splitter that I eyed a couple of years ago when we did a route right next door. It starts out with a 100ft of easy climbing with a short 5.7 crux. You can set up a belay on a nice ledge before the second pitch crux. The second starts out with a easy slab to a tricky dihedral that leads to a really cool roof with a interesting tongue of rock at the lip. You then get into the meat of a really steep hand crack that is a-typical needles crack climbing where you really need jam not only your hands but your feet too. At the end of it you get to a huge flake that Cronin slung right before the roof that finishes the pitch. The next pitch is a long one that goes through a tight constriction and may be 5.9 at the hardest and you can end on a nice gravel platform 150ft. The last pitch may not be 5th class but is cool and tops out the route 60ft 5.3.

Location 

Route is on the southwest face of Harney. Walk off to the east and then down the gulley. Tough walk.

Protection 

It definitely takes a full range of gear. I would take doubles to a .75, triples to a 3, two 4's and 5's, and a six. One rope.


Photos of Three Yak Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Good shot of the second and third pitch.  The rout...
Good shot of the second and third pitch. The rout...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the third.
Looking down the third.
Rock Climbing Photo: After pulling the first roof then going into the s...
After pulling the first roof then going into the s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Second pitch
Second pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Route follows the brown dihedral into the large ch...
BETA PHOTO: Route follows the brown dihedral into the large ch...

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By Mike McNeil
From: Spearfish, South Dakota
Jul 5, 2016

Gotta, say that Cronin did a great job on the crux. I had been wanting to do this route since I saw it a couple of years ago when doing some other routes in the area. We did Spicy Thai Tuna which joins with it at two thirds height so I knew the chimney would go. It took everything I had to not show some really good photos of this route. The new book did not have it listed so it piqued my interest even more. It may have been done before but who cares as it is a hell of an adventure. I am going to call it 5.11 as I had to hang on with a TR on the second pitch when there was a perfect hand crack, and I know Mike had to give it everything he had to hang in there for the send when he is a climber that doesn't fall at that grade very often.

This route takes some effort to get to no matter how you get there but you will be rewarded with some great climbing and even more potential.
By R.Walters
Jul 6, 2016

Sounds like a sweet route! Cool to hear that you guys are still roping up together.
By t.schwartz
Jul 8, 2016

Nice work gentlemen!

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