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Gemstone West
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Broken Ladders  T 
Christian Crack T 
Fin Left, The T 
Flail Out T 
Gemstone T 
Green Snake - P2 T 
Pair of 4s T 
Seamingly Hard T 
Shoots & Ladders T 

Christian Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Gary Hicks and companion, 1977
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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Sep 6, 2008

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Paige W belaying Eric G. Camera courtesy of Howar...

Description 

Start from the top of Flail Out or the top of the 1st pitch of Gemstone. Follow a left facing dihedral to where it's crack pinches down (crux) just below a large chockstone. Work up past the chockstone to bolted anchors shared with Gemstone route.

Double rope rap with 60 meter ropes gets you to the ground. Two raps with a single 60 meter rope works well when using a huge intermdiate horn right at the tail end of the rope strands. The horn is slung with a loop of rope inside dull-green tubular webbing.

The rating of 5.6 comes from Barry and Rita Loucks' guide. I felt like the crux was more like 5.7, albeit only a couple moves.

Location 

Christian Crack is in a left facing dihedral just west of the 2nd pitch of Gemstone. See a marked-up version of a photo from Monomaniac on the Gemstone West page.

Protection 

Standard rack.


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