The crux comes on the second pitch when climbing over several bulges. The bulges are short but sweet with easier climbing in between. A good route to break into the 5.8 realm. The route meets up with several other routes at bushy ledge. Expect crowds on most sunny days.
The climb starts just to the left of bears reach and follows a double crack system. Walk down the decent trail on the back side of the route.
Cams, .5" - 3" Nuts, 1 set.
BETA PHOTO: After waiting in the sun for quite some time due t...
BETA PHOTO: Brett following up the crux bulge on pitch 1 of ea...
BETA PHOTO: After the crowds clear Brett gets to start the 2nd...
BETA PHOTO: Checking out the small roof on the first pitch of ...
BETA PHOTO: Brett placing some pro before attempting the crux ...
BETA PHOTO: Brett working his way up the 3rd pitch just under ...
BETA PHOTO: Continuing through the series of bulges on east cr...
Eric chillin' on the belay ledge of East Crack.
From: Oakland CA
Jun 12, 2007
I've always liked this one better than Bear's for some reason. Maybe because it doesn't have the hype? Fun crux moves.
Aug 24, 2010
I kinda thought it was a filth pile when I did it, but that was 30 years ago and it could be nice and clean now.
|By Chris D|
From: the couch
Oct 16, 2011
We were going to end out long weekend at the Leap by getting on Bears Reach or Haystack, then had a good conversation with a nice couple over some beverages at Strawberry Lodge the night before. The guy (sorry dude, didn't get your name) told us to do East Crack instead. Said it was better than both.
The first pitch was great. Supertopo calls it 5.6 with a 5.7 bulge (which looks a lot more like a roof than a bulge). In reality, the moves were quality all the way up to the roof, in the 5.7 range, and turning the roof was one of the easier parts of the pitch in my opinion.
The second pitch starts off mellow, then gets spicy for a couple of section of 5.8, the first, and the crux of the route IMO, a very well-protected bulge, with more than one way around it. The second section of 5.8 was more sustained but somehow more casual. Both are very easy to protect. In fact, pro (especially nuts) is absolutely bomber on the entire route.
The third pitch is shared with the other routes leaving bushy ledge, and includes a fantastically fun "hidden" hold to get past what would otherwise be a move much harder than 5.7. You'll find the hold without any more beta than that. It's not that hidden. All in all a great end to a fantastic weekend. My partner and I agreed that East Crack was as good or better than Surrealistic Pillar.
|By Pat H|
From: Berkeley, CA
Jun 5, 2013
The supertopo shows a bolt and piton at the top of pitch 1. I found neither of those on the route and would guess they were removed.
|By Rude Boy|
From: San Francisco, CA
Jun 11, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
This route is fun and the pitch 2 crux bulge protects well and is not hard. I seem to recall having to get good hands and pulling up to get through it.
From: Denver, CO
Jul 16, 2013
Great climb. Solid 5.8. Easier than Haystack. More consistent at the grade as well.
Better than Bear's Reach for me. Probably because I'm a crack addict, and I did Bear's Reach exhausted (it has burly moves!)
|By Mike Grainger|
From: Waterloo, ON Canada
Oct 4, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Thanks for the comments here steering us toward this quality route. The first pitch has good quality 5.7 climbing. Pitch 2, which I lead, demands solid 5.8 moves on the cruxes, but the entire pitch protects well, so it is relatively easy to commit to the moves needed to get past the bulges. Pitch 3 is pretty casual, except for the bulge with the not so secret hold. If I hadn't known it was there, I would probably not have continued reaching so high and would have had to make some harder moves. Definitely a very worthwhile outing, particularly if you get the lead on pitch 2