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Thunder Crack 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Barber - 1975
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jan 18, 2007

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Thunder Crack takes the obvious left-leaning cleft on the left side of the south-facing (shady) face of Bluff Major. Ascend this crack via stemming, contortion, and jamming.

The story goes that this popular aid line was freed during Henry Barber's tour de force at Arapiles in 1975, despite many previous attempts. A crowd had gathered to watch, and as Hot Henry slung a horn and wrestled through the crux, he turned to ask who would second him up the route. There was simply a hush of silence and blank stares. Henry, unfazed, reached down with his foot and kicked the sling (his only piece of pro) off the horn letting it slide down the rope to the ground. He then proceeded to solo to the top of the route.


Standard rack, include a few hand-size pieces.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Bickford Thunder crack December 1989
Bob Bickford Thunder crack December 1989

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By david goldstein
Jan 20, 2007

Crux is at the bottom, kind of slimey. After that it's a great 5.9 handcrack.
By TravisMelin
From: Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
Oct 25, 2007

One of the best I have ever been on. The position is exposed and spectacular.
By Jim Lawyer
Jun 25, 2012

This route is right-leaning, not left.

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