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Crack Attack 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Bryan Pletta
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Submitted By: LeeAB on Apr 28, 2006

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Description 

This one is great. Requires no crack technique despite the name. Super enduro- in your face til the end.

Sequential climbing right off the ground. If you are tall it is easier to reach the starting hold with the correct hand. Fun long pulls on mostly good pockets leads up to a shouldery move to the left getting into the bottom of the flake. Some good sidepulls and a pocket out left lead up the flake to a couple of slopier holds and a honking jug at the top and a great rest. From here the climbing gets somewhat sequential and progerssively more difficult as you move up into a shallow right facing corner on pockets and sidepulls. A sidepull pinch on a cobble up high allows one to reach up left out of the corner onto the huge embedded cobble, but there is only a good edge on top. Then its just a couple of more moves up and right on mostly jugs to the anchors.

Location 

5th route from the left, has a crack/layback type feature midway up.

Protection 

9 bolts to chains.


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Moves on the early part of the route. September 2009.
Moves on the early part of the route. September 20...
Page nearing the top of Crack Attack
Page nearing the top of Crack Attack
If there is anything resembling crack on the route, it's right through this section. September 2009.
If there is anything resembling crack on the route...
Linda Wong working her way throught the pockets to start.
Linda Wong working her way throught the pockets to...
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Unknown climber self-belaying.
Unknown climber self-belaying.
Unknown climber self-belaying.
Nate takes the El Rito endurance test, and passes, on "Crack Attack".
Nate takes the El Rito endurance test, and passes,...
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By Allison Fritz
From: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Sep 25, 2007

The start is a little cruxy then big pockets most of the way up the climb. The last three/four bolts are tougher with smaller holds and steeper climbing.
By Dave Wachter
Feb 26, 2008

Very pumpy, with some technical cruxes. Top part is dope. I found it hard for the grade (certainly compared to other El Rito routes). Definitely one of the best routes in El Rito (though the short bouldery routes on Beer Block are classic in their own way). Can't imagine giving this one less than 4 stars.
If you're wondering whether or not you've actually sent 5.12a on the Rad Wall after climbing Bolting Barbie, Procrastination, and Stroke Me, you can stop wondering when you clip the chains clean on crack attack.
By ScottCThompson
May 12, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

My favorite route at El Rito by far!
By climber73
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 20, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

This is a stellar route. Reminds me of RRG pockets. Can't wait to come back for more!
By Mort
Aug 18, 2013
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

The hardest of the Rad Wall "12a's". Excellent!