Crescent Crack Direct Variation
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The direct variation to Crescent Crack is a good way to finish the topout of Crescent Crack, or as an approach to the bolted slab, the Final Link (5.9). Instead of traversing down and right at the sloping shelf on top of pitch two, continue up the dihedral (thin, 5.9). Pass a piton on the left, then work up through an awkward section to a ledge. From here, Final Link works left with a hard mantle and a bolt, or finish by heading right and up.
|Comments on Crescent Crack Direct Variation
|By Nathan Fisher|
Jul 17, 2005
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
Very awkward climbing on this finish. Definitely a better finish than the Crescent Crack sloping ramp exit.
|By John Bradford|
From: Yellowstone National Park
Oct 12, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
The exit on this pitch can be tricky, and rope drag a real problem if the belay is not done correctly. Better to pull the move up onto the slab and belay from the bolt anchor at the base of Final Link, then either finish with that pitch (a great way to do the whole C.C. experience) or rappell back down to the base of the ramp exit.
|By Mark Michaels|
From: Draper, UT
Sep 21, 2006
Excellent variation! Nice 5.9 angling crack with some delicate footwork, to a flaring, exposed feeling chimney. The finish around the corner to the right makes it somewhat less enjoyable. But adding the Final Link 5.9 slab finish, and a trip up the Coffin, makes this one of my favorite outings in the canyon! We need a name for the "Crescent-Direct/Final Link/Coffin" link up. Unbroken Chain? C.C.D.F.L.C?
From: Small Lake, UT
Jun 24, 2008
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c
So much better than the normal finish!!
The direct variation completely redeems the grunt through the offwidth. Fun moves in the dihedral with well spaced bomber holds and slick feet. The pro is there but do you want to hang there placing a cam? Going up the horn looks harder than it really is but still feels very airy.
If you want to make the mantel on the slab more enjoyable (ie not involving heinous rope drag pulling your ass down) clip your last pieces below the horn and the bolts with long runners and get to the anchors of the Final Link, it's worth it.
|By Aimee Bates|
Jun 20, 2009
This climb humbled me.... a few tricky moves that made me swear. The offwidth was fun.
Edit: Ditto what Stan said!
|By Stan Pitcher|
From: SLC, UT
Jun 23, 2009
Definitely do the slab finish and make sure you have enough time for a lap on the Coffin since you rap right to it! 3 classic pitches offering just about everything. A 1 camalot might come in handy for the final chimney.
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 16, 2012
Bring lots of finger-sized pieces. But a #3 is handy for the flare as well.