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5.6 Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Justin Marlen on Mar 6, 2009
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This route follows the obvious, right-leaning hand crack on the west-facing wall at Practice Rock. Climb the crack up and right until you reach a ramp with an old quarter inch bolt. Continue up a few ledges to the bolt anchor above and slightly left. Alternatively, there is another bolted anchor to the right on the big ledge. This route is mislabeled as "Practice Crack" in the new Southwest Montana Rock guide.


Start this route at the small ledge formed where the Pinnacle formation adjoins the main Practice Rock formation. A single rope rappel will get you down from your choice of bolted anchors.


Cams from #2 TCU to #2 BD. An extra piece or two around #1 BD is helpful.

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By TomKingsbury
Jun 19, 2009

It's called "5.6 Crack", another example of that book renaming routes....

By Justin Marlen
From: Bozeman, MT
Aug 3, 2009

Duly noted and corrected, Tom.

By TomKingsbury
Aug 5, 2009


By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 28, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

My first ever lead in 1981 - I placed nearly an entire rack of hexes and stoppers into this route. It is quite safe, not too pumpy a great first route for the fledgling trad leader. Wonderful memories.

By Bud Martin
From: Bozeman, MT
Oct 6, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

There's a few good nut placements too.

By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Mar 22, 2011

Great first trad lead if you know where the anchors are. Eats gear so you can sew it up.