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Jim Brink onsighting Donini's...
This is a classic tough roof crack on the back side of Bath Rock. Many try this route, but but few succeed. It is probably a little bit of a sandbag.
Start below the obvious roof crack. You can clip a bolt on Gemini 5.12a near the beginning. Work up under the roof and fire in some thin hand gear. If you are tall, you can get a no hands sit down rest below the roof.
Jam the thin hand crack through the roof. (tape!!) Face holds can be found on the left and right. Picking the right moves and getting your feet in the crack, will gain a rest above the roof. An easier hand crack leads to the bolt anchor on the sport climb to the left.
I heard a rumor that Donini came back and solo'ed this thing in his 60's.
Hand size cams, nuts...
Chris Parks cops a no-hands rest prior to the crux...
|Comments on Donini's Crack
|By John Bradford|
From: Lilongwe, Malawi
May 12, 2008
A little bit of a sandbag? I should get frequent flyer miles for this one.
From: San Francisco, CA
Aug 28, 2010
One of the toughest 10cs I've ever tried to free. Ran out of juice and took a huge whip off the roof. Protect before trying to jam up (green .75s- I put in two of 'em- they won't obstruct the necessary jamming).
Rumor is true. Straight from the horse's mouth. Ran into Jim climbing in City of Rocks.
Great climb. Do it! And clip that .75 with a short draw.
|By Ben Folsom|
Sep 20, 2010
Awesome route! Glad I finally decided to do it. Intimidating and steep, but it is all there. I agree with the previous comments that it is a bit tough for the grade.
|By Jeffrey Gagliano|
From: Pennsburg, PA
Sep 20, 2010
I tried this route in 2007 (My 1st of 2 trips to the City). And had lead Crack of Doom the day before. I got soundly rebuffed at the crux! A critical and subtle change in hand position makes it possible...otherwise as I had hit it...impossible! Hey, every climb is a 5.14 if you do it wrong!
|By Tim Wolfe|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 7, 2012
Burly. Tape up for the crux and don't forget heel hooks, breathing (or you will get very winded) and all kinds of crazy body contortions.