Twin Cracks aka Railroad Cracks
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This "twin crack" is the second route from the left on the Poison Ivy Wall. The Poison Ivy Wall is located on the west side of No Name Creek approached by crossing the creek at the bridge and walking the utility road back downstream towards the obvious cliff band. Silver doors cut into the cliff for Glenwood Springs' water diversion facility. Up and to the right of the doors is the Poison Ivy Wall. The rightmost (and wider) of these two twin cracks is the line generally led.
Begin with jams and lie back moves up fifty feet to a slot. Locate two rap hangers on the left side of the slot. The left crack is generally considered 5.9 and more of a seam than a crack (little room for gear). It is easy to reach between the cracks at almost any time while climbing. It is possible to continue up the bush-filled chimney above to a pine tree anchor at a dirty 5.8.
This "second" pitch option generally blows. Unless you enjoy mossy dirty bramble filled chimneys, lower at the anchors.
Standard granite rack.
|Comments on Twin Cracks aka Railroad Cracks
By Mike Bannister
Sep 3, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
This route packs quite a bit in 50'. Sustained climbing with somewhat tricky gear down low. Solid 5.8+. Harder than Sumac (5.9) in someways but much less pumpy.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 26, 2014
In the 2008 Western Slope guidebook, this is called Railroad Cracks.