Crack of Dust
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Leading up Crack of Dust, Mission Gorge.
Thin flaring crack to the right of Mariah / Suzie's Wild Ride. Crux is pulling over the top with dirt for handholds. Feet can come out of the crack toward the top to smear. Bolt anchor at the top, but far back so extend it with your climbing rope. More climbs start from the top-out ledge.
To the right of Mariah / Suzie's Wild Ride by about 50 feet.
Med-large nuts, #2 & .75 camalot is what I use. Save a .75 camalot w/ extension runner for the top.
BETA PHOTO: Good photo of Crack of Dusk (5.8)
great route to access upper main wall climbs
BETA PHOTO: Malia on the Crack Of Dust
|Comments on Crack of Dust
|By david baker|
From: jamul, ca
Apr 5, 2006
When you get to the base of the main wall go left for 150 feet. You will see the obvious crack to the left of the Owl. The finish on this climb is slick as only Mission Gorge can be. Place an red alien near top of crack for finish. Climb is short and very protectable however, there is a ledge about a third of the way up that you could easily hit if you fall.
|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008
Real sweet climb. One o' these days I'll have to lead the durn thing.
|By Kyle Wills|
From: San Diego CA
May 28, 2011
I agree the dirty finish is the best part.
|By Raquel ROCKY Robles|
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 17, 2011
Nice short fun crack climb. Yep it is dirty up top. Remember to wear helmet on this particular route as there are so many loose rocks up on the ledge of the route.
From: San Diego
Sep 11, 2011
You can use 3-4 cams on this route; BD C4 .4 .5 .75 & #1. The top of the route is extremely dirty with loose rocks, wear a helmet for this route.
|By claudio ricardez|
May 21, 2012
I hit that ledge and luckily only sprained my ankle. Make sure you use correct length runners above the ledge. I should have used a shorter runner to avoid this mishap.
From: San Diego, California
Sep 21, 2012
Warning: the 3 bolt anchor on the wall atop this route (or at the start of 'Never Intended') has two fixed carabiners that have attained severe rope damage due to lowering off of them. Use caution when deciding to use these or replace.
|By Ryan N|
From: Bay Area
Oct 13, 2012
Crack I'd definetly dusty/dirty. Watch the move as you pull out of the crack to the false topout. Great climb though and worth the mouthful of dirt.
From: el cajon, CA
Oct 28, 2012
Good climbing... Tie into the quack of ducks for additional crack climbing.