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This portion of the wall is stacked with moderate cracks, thin runout faces, desperate cracks and a wild arete. Highlights here include Captain Hook (5.7), The Hernia (5.8), Double Exposure (5.10b A1 or 5.12a R), Insomnia (5.11b), Winter Solstice (5.11c), Walk the Plank (5.12a) and The Pirate (5.12d).
The approach trail meets the rock very near the right side of the Buttress of Cracks. To access the left-hand portion walk left following a good trail along the base of the wall.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Buttress of Cracks - Left Side:
Captain Hook 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
The Hernia 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Hernia - Direct Finish 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Double Exposure 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b A1 Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 150'
Insomnia 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Bacon Bits (aka Razor Games) 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a R Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Winter Solstice 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
The Pirate 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Trad, 2 pitches, 170'
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The Pirate 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Buttress of Cracks - Left S...
This striking thin crack testpiece up a smooth 85 degree slab was originally done as an aid climb and just over a decade later freed, in 1978, by a 16 year old Tony Yaniro (wearing EB's) who went on to climb the Grand Illusion near Lake Tahoe the following year. The climb saw no repeats until sticky rubber-soled Fire's hit the U.S. market around 1982. Even in this era of big numbers this still is a challenging route that seldom sees a free ascent, especially on lead. Equinox at nearby Joshu...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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