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Whiskey Chimney (aka Pigeon Crack) 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Sep 24, 2006

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Chris Keller leading Wiskey Chimney photo by: Joh...


This is the obvious chimmney left of Whiskey A Go-Go. Climb up on good face holds (Gear?) to reach the cleft. There are good holds inside and out on the left towards the top of this section. After that's over, work up two cracks to the anchors of Whiskey A Go-Go. This is a really cool pitch for the grade and the rock quality is good throughout.


Left of Whiskey, Y-wall.


Wires, Single set of cams. Long draws or short runners for chimmney.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gasch seconding the pitch.
Mike Gasch seconding the pitch.

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By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Apr 13, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The chimney feels like it's going to spit you out each time you move up. Just a bit flaring. But a great climb! And the dihedral after the chimney is picture perfect!
By Tradiban
Jun 11, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Known as "Pigeon Crack" in the Ryan Hansen guide book.
By Keaton Miller
Jun 1, 2014

Very possible to TR this one with a piece placed in the dihedral after the chimmney to help with rope positioning.
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse, WI
Aug 25, 2015

Beta alert: There in fact is good gear to protect the initial pull into the chimney. Right around the start of the chimney there is a bomber yellow C3 placement on the right. Its hard to find it though but if you do you will feel much better. You kinda have to lean way out to the right to see it.

Fun lead. Definitely worth doing!
By Alex Zucca
From: University Heights
Sep 5, 2016

It is way easier to exit the chimney over the roof if you are facing to the left.
By Jake Weyenberg
From: Milwaukee, WI
Jul 17, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Definitely a great climb. I'm still cutting my teeth on trad though felt like this was a great way to break in my chimney skills. The chimney is short but definitely fun to move through. Very easy to protect this route. Moving into the chimney is easy if you can find the side pulls on either side of the bottom opening. C4 #1 protects to fun movements out of the chimney quite well. Spoiler alert!!! (Best part of the climb)

You can rap off of whiskey a go go's rap rings, though you'll be putting a lot of stress on a single bolt because of how far left the route is from suggested anchor. I suggest a belay from the top and having someone follow to clean the gear then both rapping off of whiskey's anchor to preserve the life of the anchor

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