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f. Tom's Wall & Next West Face
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L to R R to L Alpha
Around Already TR 
Bent Crankarm T,TR 
Broken Pedals T,TR 
Crack-A-Lack TR 
First Day T,TR 
How It's Done T 
Off Limits T 
Reach Around T,TR 


YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R

Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 55'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Taino on Dec 28, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Crack-A-Lack


Thin and facey, then thin and traversy, then thin and bulgy. Regardless, it's... scarce. The route isn't too bad up to the traverse and small roof, but the crux is tres difficult.


Start in corner of open book, traverse right up obvious crack in face to small right overhang, go right two feet, up through roof to top.


Unknown. Gear anchor, or use bolts from Reach Around and use a directional. DO NOT attempt to run this route off only the Reach Around bolts; the higher you get, the worse your pendulum will be. Case in point -- I saw someone pull the crux, come off, and break their ankle when they hit the right-facing corner of Reach Around.

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By Stevie Lo
Jul 4, 2009

At the crux, there is a crumbly two finger crimp to a two finger slot, with little feet. Difficult and fun, but expect a whipper. You should leave some slack on the line when heading into the small traverse and roof. As you want to fall below the ankle breaker, if in fact you do fall.
By Sean McAuley
Jun 2, 2013

Doesn't deserve the R. The face is fun and has ample pro, and the traverse is simple. When pulling the roof, place pro in the first pocket once you are finished with it...then pull and have some fun.
By Patrick Boyle
Sep 13, 2015

Probably my favorite PK climb. Solid and continuous climbing up to the roof with some balancey moves. Easy traverse serves as a great rest before the crux going over the roof, very nice flake about wrist deep under the roof is a perfect right hand, high left foot and left hip on the wall leads to nice left hand crimp and bump to a left hand pocket. Two more somewhat challenging 5.10 moves and then juggy to the finish. Bolted but I prefer to build an anchor so as to avoid the swing into the roof if you fall at the crux, jammed a finger and ruined a few weeks of climbing doing exactly that. For anyone starting to cruise 5.9s this is A GREAT 5.10 PROJECT and feels great to finish.

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