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Z Crack 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Addict on May 18, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Z-Crack. A pretty powerful climb, lots of fun.

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The crux is right at the base pulling over the overhang and feels stiff for the grade. Hint: put your right foot on the right seam. Stab for the nice finger jamb above then jamb the continuous fingercrack up to the anchor.


The obvious fingercrack on the left side of the formation.


Cams to 2.5" with extra in the finger to micro size
50 meter rope

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Rock Climbing Photo: crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Good hand jam rest above the crux.
Good hand jam rest above the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Z Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Playing around on TR.  This is the crux move.
Playing around on TR. This is the crux move.

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By Jplotz
From: Wenatchee, WA
Sep 18, 2015

Sandbagged at 5.10c. An onsight lead of this route easily is 5.11a/b. Better have decent lock off strength and precise footwork to get you safely through the opening crux on this one. The upper crack is a joy!
By Pawel Janowski
From: WA
Apr 26, 2016
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Fantastic climb (doesn't seem sandbagged to me), but why give crux beta in the description and ruin the on-sight for everyone?
By Jplotz
From: Wenatchee, WA
May 13, 2016

You can't top rope a climb and then declare it trivial! Climbs are graded on an on-sight lead.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
May 13, 2016

I agree with John, this is a sandbag 10c.

Back when I had no trouble with any 10 at Index, I couldn't get this thing on TR. Perhaps I should go back and try it now, 35 years later. It would be like going for an onsight after all this passed time.
By hummerchine
Jun 3, 2016
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13

5.10c for this route is a BRUTAL sandbag...even on TR! I've led it, toproped it, and solo/toproped it a zillion times...have it ruthlessly wired...and still don't always get it clean. No way to style your way past the have to PULL HARD with no feet.

Great climb though!

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