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Gemini Cracks 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Greg Donaldson, Brian Cox, 1972.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Dec 16, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Gemini is flake and crack on far right hand side o...

Description 

From below the obvious, right-leaning, parallel cracks, climb up past bushes and follow the cracks for three pitches. Rappel off.

Protection 

Pro to 2".


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"Gemini Cracks". Photo by Blitzo.
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By Peter Valchev
From: Truckee, CA
Oct 11, 2011

Right hand splitter (5.10b) is quite amazing too.

One way to do the approach is to do a 5.7 slab pitch to the tree... we tried to figure out the scrambling approach but it looks dirty and requires probably just as much time as doing the 5.7 slab... which starts only 50 feet from the trail

From the tree, one pitch leads to the fat bolts on top of the flake (no need to stop at the earlier bolted belay station) with a 60 meter rope... from there you could make it to the top directly, but it's better to move the belay up and right (small ledge/stance to the left of a bolted rappel station)
By Lana dude
May 28, 2013

The scramble approach around the toe got us lost. Came back next day and did direct start for better results. 5 pitches total. To approach the direct start head downhill 40 feet after the aqueduct goes into tunnel. As you skirt rock edge there's a wide step over a gap and shortly after you'll see a 15ft corner and a bolt above. Roped up here and could see obvious white scar further up wall to give our bearings. Fairly easy climbing although the gear and bolts were sparse enough to keep my attention (I'd avoid direct start if rock is wet). The rest of route protects well. On official pitch 1 we climbed the left edge of white scar feature past roof to a 2-bolt anchor under flake. We used this anchor to replenish rack, and make communication with belayer easier. Whole climb was enjoyable. It got windy in late afternoon as route went into shade. Took 2 raps to get down with two 60m ropes. Curious if it can be rapped with 1 rope for next time?
By csproul
From: Davis, CA
Apr 5, 2015

I don't think the rap from the top of the route would go with a 70m. Ours came up short. Luckily we had a second rope. A #4 is useful to protect the offwidth on the second pitch.
By BruceB
From: Reno, NV
Apr 5, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I've approached this route both by going around the toe and also by doing the direct start. I'd say the latter is just as quick, less scrambling up dirty gullies, and it's a more direct rappel back to your packs. Plus you'll get an extra pitch of climbing. There are 5 bolts on the direct start slab, plus some pro options to reduce the runout. Lana is spot on with how to find the start.

Official Pitch #1 will be the crux unless you have huge mitts and can fist jam the offwidth. Otherwise it's dam awkward!. You'll appreciate some big gear, forget the "pro to 2".

Official Pitch #3 is absolutely stellar. You'd be hard pressed to find a cleaner, steeper 5.8 finger jam anywhere. Moderate finger jam cracks seem to get compared to West crack in Tuolumne, it's considerably better than that. Haven't done Sands of Time yet, maybe that's better? But awesome never the less.
By revans90
May 16, 2015

This climb has its all. The approach pitch is a bit of a lichen hike. The "off width" is a move and a #4 can be used but might get in the way... Way cool undercling to easy hands. The finger crack is as good as West Crack and Sands of Time and more sustained fun.
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