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V8 Crack 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
Season: Not Winter
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Submitted By: Darshan Ahluwalia on Sep 21, 2006

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Me placing a cam at the crux - photo courtesy G. H...


An exceptional arching crack on beautiful orange granite. Steep and difficult for the grade, it requires endurance. The crux is about 15 feet of thin hands through a couple bulges/small roofs.


The route is not on The Cardinal Pinnacle proper; it is on the small formation to the left. Rap the route or scramble off the backside. Lots of loose rock at the top so be careful while rappelling or belaying your second up.


1 to 4" cams, doubles in 2-3" sizes

Photos of V8 Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Jackson starts up the jagged 'V8 Crack'
Greg Jackson starts up the jagged 'V8 Crack'
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Jackson on 'V8 Crack'
Greg Jackson on 'V8 Crack'
Rock Climbing Photo: Garrett at the good rest after the green-red camal...
Garrett at the good rest after the green-red camal...
Rock Climbing Photo: At the very top you can exit either left or right....
BETA PHOTO: At the very top you can exit either left or right....
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper section dual cracks.
BETA PHOTO: Upper section dual cracks.
Rock Climbing Photo: an eastside fav
an eastside fav
Rock Climbing Photo: V8 Crackin'
V8 Crackin'
Rock Climbing Photo: Resting
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Jackson in thin hands just past the first cru...
Greg Jackson in thin hands just past the first cru...
Rock Climbing Photo: V-8 Crack is the sharp splitter in the upper right...
BETA PHOTO: V-8 Crack is the sharp splitter in the upper right...

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By Haydn
Jul 9, 2010
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

This route is excellent but much easier than 10d, more like 10a/b.
By Aerili
From: Los Alamos, NM
Sep 8, 2010

Um, no.
By Karsten Duncan
From: Sacramento, CA
Sep 9, 2010

A superb route that climbs as exciting as it looks. Lots of different sizes and movement required on this route.

It is definately not 10b especially comparing it to other ratings at this crag.
By Victor Lawson
From: Bishop, CA
Sep 14, 2010

New, bolted anchor w/ Mussy hooks installed today (9-15-10), and all chewed up tat removed. You can still reach the anchors from the top for TRing.

vic lawson
By AWinters
From: NH
Sep 30, 2010
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

thanks Vic
By slim
Jul 12, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

i thought this route was extremely easy for the grade also. i have a hard time believing dale would call it 10d. he would probably call it 10a or so. the crack is really user friendly and there are a lot of peripheral hold for the hands and feet. the difficulties are over really quickly, then it is just secure and fun.

i racked up after looking at it from the pinnacle, and thought it would be #1 camalot and smaller (should have brought up to a 3 or 3.5 camalot). needless to say i was kind of in trouble with gear early on and had to do some budgeting. luckily the climbing is really secure and you can spend some time horsing around with gear a bit.
By trying hard
From: Sierra East Side
May 24, 2013

By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Oct 2, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Outstanding route! When you look around at the splitter #1 sized roof, your jaw may in fact hit your belayer - ten cuidado!

Stellar, stellar climb. When I was up there a month or two ago the crowds were too great for West Face or Crack Kingdom, yet this was so good I was pretty satisfied. Five stars!
By Johnny Y
From: California
Sep 11, 2014

Got sucked into the wide crack on the left, felt harder than the bottom half! Would go right the next time.
By Tomko
Jul 9, 2017
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Awesome climb and don't be afraid of the reported 10+ rating; the climb is more like 10a or sustained 5.9. The crux for me (and the other 2 people I climbed this with) was the first 10 feet off the ground on the flake traverse. Once established in the crack itself its fun and easy!

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