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Crank Start 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Griffith, Briggs, & Becchio 1990
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Submitted By: Richard Shore on Jun 13, 2011

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Crank Start 5.11c - follows the yellow X's


An overhanging, powerful, and sequential face climb. This route rises from the wreckage of rusted vehicles in the gully below Gibraltar rock's main south face.

A reachy and bouldery start (crux?) leads to the first of four bolts. A stick-clip is advised, or maybe just a really good spotter to keep you from tumbling down the hillside if you blow it. Sustained, pumpy climbing with big moves between good holds leads to the anchor.

Due to the location of the anchor, I don't think this route is easily top-roped.


4 bolts (3/8") to 2 bolt anchor.

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By Richard Shore
Jun 14, 2011

A few of the critical holds on this route appear to be reinforced with epoxy. Good climb regardless
By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Mar 15, 2012

Crank This use to be a better variation of this route. After bolt three (I recall) traverse right for a few more bolts. Longer and more sustained and well worth doing once you've walked down there.
By 0rland0
Jul 15, 2015

It's pretty easy to toprope the route. We used to rap off a solid manzanita bush about 20 feet over the anchor. The bush is on the path when coming down from the main face of Gibraltar.

Well, after looking at the photo on this page, perhaps the solid bush burned in the last fire. Give it a good kick before using and be sure to have all your affairs in order.

Note that you can preclip the first bolt on the route by climbing good holds slightly to the right of the actual (crank) start.

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