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West Cracks 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Dane Casterson on Jun 29, 2002

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    Start to the right of the bolted Brownies in the Basin, and go up a somewhat hard to protect (only the first 15 or so feet) crack and continue up for another 50-ish feet aiming for the slight roof/bulge with several vertical cracks in it. When you get there step left, plug a two inch piece and enjoy a few perfect hand and fist jams (5.9 I think) that leads up to the pillar and belay point for Northwest Corner. Belay here or keep cruising to the top with the NW Corner finish.


    Protection to 2 inches.

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    By Stich
    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Aug 11, 2007
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    An excellent alternative is to stick to the fist crack that wraps around to the right and then up. This gets you behind this small buttress eventually and at the start of West Dihedral. This crack is more of a big flake at one point and kind of spits you out to the right with bad feet for a 5.9ish move. Plug a good cam and commit to the jams and you get above to good holds. Keep on up and end up on a large ledge below the roof with a bolted route on the right. Either add a pitch up the offwidth dihedral to the left and join Northwest Corner or traverse on easy ground at the ledge level and walk off. Place gear on the traverse or not.
    By tooTALLtim
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 14, 2009

    Bring your RPs for the start.
    By TBD
    Sep 5, 2012
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    I started in a crack almost directly below the roof (a touch to the right) and followed a mostly direct line through the roof to the top of the formation in 1 long pitch. Done this way I think it is one of the better 5.9 pitches in Boulder Canyon.
    By Crackson
    Aug 14, 2016
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    A little dirty but great climbing nonetheless. No RPs needed.

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