The Curving Crack is a great moderate climb that requires some tricky jamming towards the top of the route. Start out with some blocky moves and move up along the crack, curving towards the right. About half way up the route have the option of using only the crack (harder) or using a shallow dihedral to the right to stem up. The top of the climb holds the crux where you seem to hit a dead-end.
Great route! 5.8 at least by leading. Using layback to pass the top crux makes the route even more enjoyable.
By Andy Hansen From: Longmont, Colorado Jul 6, 2011 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
This route is stupid. All the goddamn cams stuck in this stupid route should give you a clue that leading it although it may seem cool is not because you'll lose a cam or 12. I lost a #3 Camalot in it today. This route is stupid, dirty and not fun. Also, this route is stupid.
Hmmm. So what you are saying is there is a stuck #3 camalot on this route. I think I am free tomorrow afternoon... Thanks Andy!
By Andy Hansen From: Longmont, Colorado Jul 7, 2011 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
Chris, you can have it! I worked at it for a bit but gave up thinking that it was a good sacrifice to the climbing gods and hopefully they'll put me on a route that is more fun than this pile. Also, it's a #3 that I bootied 2 years ago so it's come full circle.
By Paul Campbell From: Sussex, WI Jul 7, 2011 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
This route does not suck Andy! Blasphemy!
By Ryan Strong From: Golden, CO Jul 16, 2011 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
i dislike the fact this route can be climbed as a face climb...that is weak! this climb is legit, stay off the face and climb the crack!
By Andy Hansen From: Longmont, Colorado Jul 17, 2011 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
Face climbs rule all!!!!!
By Josh Olson From: madison, wisconsin Jun 19, 2012 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
I know you could climb this on the face, but why would you want to? Those jams are really nice. Great route to teach crack climbing with.
By Tom Lausch From: Madison WI Jun 20, 2012 rating: 5.85b16VI-HVS 4c
Good lead. Swallows gear all the way up. Save your larger cams for near the top. Pulling the top 5' as a layback increases the difficulty. Good climb overall.