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B3 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E3 5c PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E3 5c [details]
FA: J Koenig, T. Souders, F. Andrews, 1984.
Season: any
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Submitted By: Tony B on Oct 4, 2006
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Chris traversing into the "handcrack"

Description 

A hard climb with some interesting gear. While I have seen this described as a handcrack in some versions of guides, I beg to differ. It is more a series of pods and flares with some crack between, and even then not really such a size so as to be called a handcrack.
Locate the pair of climbs, Perforator and B3. Perhaps 5 meters left of Perforator, boulder/climb some pockets up and at the bottom of a crack (5.10, PG13) and get some gear ASAP. Climb the "crack system" with interesting jams and holds (5.11-) to a ledge and then finish in a corner that is not hard in and of itself (5.9?), but given the exhaustion, will probably feel hard.


Location 

On the right side of Long Wall. Walk past the big offwidth (Yuk) and go around a corner and past a group of several very tall sport routes. Just past these is a huge roof almost against a large left-facing corner. The corner to the roof is Perforator, the "crack" left of that is B3.


Protection 

A standard rack to 3" with emphasis on the 2" size. Mid-sized tricams were useful in the only ascent of this route that I have made.
Double ropes to rap off, or access anchors from one of the sport routes and rap down in a series.



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Start in the right off-width crack traverse left up smaller crack.
Start in the right off-width crack traverse left u...
Holland pulling thru the crux.
Holland pulling thru the crux.
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By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Mar 29, 2010

Great climb, it's got a bit of everything from easy offwith to hands, fingers, face, and stemming. Whether or not the splitter is a "handcrack," there are most definitely handjams (and finger locks) in it. [BETA ALERT] Crux is between the splitter and the lay-down rest-ledge

By Blake Allen Green
Mar 21, 2011

I don't think it's really pg-13 because if you use the guidebook method, and climb the first 20ish feet of Perforator and then traverse into B3, you can place gear on Perferator using long slings to minimize rope drag before traversing left to begin B3. I walked a #2 c4 as high as possible, but anything up to probably #4 would work there depending on how secure you feel on the lower wideish part. Given that it's not too hard, one might not feel the necessity to place gear at all on this lower section, but it is available.

Amazing climb! One of the best trad lines I've done.

By Matt Kuehl
From: Las Vegas
May 29, 2011

I think the PG-13 might be directed more at the top dihedral, I couldn't find any gear. Its plenty safe but does take some courage. The beginning is best protected by a 2 #2 C4's extended. The crack is wide and flaring so wider gear doesn't really set well. This climb is a hoot and a must do traditional line.

By Sam Stephens
Jun 20, 2011

Gear spoiler for the top, plug a green alien size piece at the very bottom of the dihedral before you run to the chains.

By khoa
From: 303
Apr 23, 2012

70m will make it back down to the ground past the ledge comfortably. Got in a red tcu and pink tricam at the top before the runout dihedral.

By Calvino
From: Bellingham, WA
Oct 9, 2012

I climbed this a couple days and can't stop talking about it. It is definitely not a hand crack, as the guide book suggests. There was about 10 feet of hands and some very thoughtful face climbing and stemming. This is a bold lead but the crux moves are above good gear. FUN.