Chouinard's Crack (1st Half Pitch of Peking)
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Running out the start on Chouinard's Crack.
Chouinard's Crack is one of the best splitters in the Park. There's not much more to say about it -expect really fun, straightforward fingers and thin hands crack climbing with solid gear.
If you want to spoil it, finish off with the rest of Peking, but for a great outing, finish up on Moscow.
Hike across the bridge, and straight up the Misery Ridge trail. Pass the right side of Picnic Lunch Wall, and most of Red Wall, while hiking uphill. It screams to you from the trail as you come to the last section of climbing on the Red Wall.
Tell tale signs that you are in the right place are a couple of big blocks to chill on at the base, a chalked up, left leading hand traverse leading to the crack, and the obvious, clean, and inviting crack system to the right (Moscow).
Gear from fingers to hands. If you want to stitch it up, you might be able to wiggle in a blue camalot towards the top, but I bet a no. 2 (hand size) is as big as the crack will allow.
|Comments on Chouinard's Crack (1st Half Pitch of Peking)
Dec 22, 2009
This is also frequently known as the first half-pitch of Peking.
Jan 7, 2010
also, peking is rated 5.8 here on MP and everywhere else.
From: Minneapolis, MN
Feb 21, 2010
Au contraire, Watts called this pitch 5.9 in his new guide. I don't think it particularly matters, but I changed the grade to 5.8.
|By Wesley Ashwood|
From: Durango, CO
Aug 3, 2010
Nice crack, but just a little too short.
|By K Baumgartner|
Aug 4, 2012
Nice line that presents varied crack technique. Only wish it were longer. Either rap or continue on Moscow.