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Crash Position 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Sean Hunt, Stuart Chapin 1989
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Submitted By: Rob Dillon on Dec 31, 2006

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The Tennessee Wall is known for blocky, well-featured sandstone: roofs, cracks, and corners abound. Naturally, some of these corners are of the outside variety. As they protect naturally (for the most part) as well, they attract less traffic than the less intimidating, 'inside' kind. Naturally.

Crash Position is the starter route on the T-Wall Arete Tour, offering up the classic elements of adventure (beauty, setting, exposure, and uncertainty of outcome) in a slightly milder form than its hairier, more outre' cousins.

Look for a crack splitting a varnished bulge about 15 feet right of the clip-up 'Surf's Up'. Pull the bulge, and trend up and right on easy and runout ground until the arete yields better pro and harder moves.


Good, bad, good. Nothing real big.


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By cshuey77
From: Asheviile,nc
May 27, 2010

awesome handjams, and steming.
By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Jan 1, 2013

Hand jams? Stemming? Not on this one. Thin face climbing, to a run section, to the business up high. Nothing bigger than a .75 BD
By Dustin Stephens
Jan 27, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Amazing route with a little bit of 5.7-5.8 R in the middle
By BruceBurgessNC
Dec 28, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

Climbed this for the first time and found that if you take your time and find the gear, it's more like PG13. Here's some gear beta that may help if the routes reputation has kept you attempting it. Obvious gear and good stances get you up into the crack. You can girth hitch the horn and properly done this thing is bomber. After the next move is a large stopper/tricam or offset cam, then a shallow but bomber .75 BD goes in the first horizontal above the crack. You can also get a #1 next to it. Up a bit higher was a very shallow but good grey alien in an iron sided horizontal. There's also a good placement in the bomber ear up and left a few feet. A move or two up and right there is a tiny but deep pocket that took a nice key-holed BD #4 stopper. A white tricam or #6 HB might go in there too. From there I stepped right and did a 5.7+ move up to the arete where the climbing gets much easier and lower angle. Pad up another move or two and you're in the money. The face climbing in the middle is on really positive holds, and the upper arete on this route is just amazing. Go do it.
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