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Graham's Crack 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Graham Wilson, Tommy Taylor
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Submitted By: BHMBen on Jul 15, 2009

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Varying from tight hands to fists/offwidth and back to hands and fingers, with plentiful face holds and a slopey finish, Graham's is one of the many Steele classics.


Distinctive varying crack to the left of a large boulder and 15' right of Papillon.


Trad gear to #3 Camalot. Bolted anchors. Bring big gear to sew up the crux if needed.

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By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Dec 28, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great splitter crack climbing! I'll admit my crack technique isn't the best, but the original 5.7 rating on this route is a real sandbag. The climbing is pretty sustained with little opportunity for rests (with the possible exception of a "thigh-jam" in the wide section). Also, some bigger gear in the #4-5 camalot range, while not mandatory, can increase your comfort level.
By Jason Watts
From: Boulder,CO
Dec 13, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

can climb with face holds/lieback, real crack technique needed to stay in the crack through the crux.
By Drew Hellams
From: High Point, NC
May 18, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Amazing crack with opportunities for hands, fists, fingers, and offwidth technique. Classic
By highneed
Jun 3, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

It is hard to miss this beauty, nothing but interesting moves for the first 40ft. Really pumpy for a route this grade but then again I think I tried placing gear in the worse places.
By bernard
From: birmingham, al
Apr 18, 2013

try the route using crack only/jams only .....for an extra level of challenge
By Ralph Copp III
Jan 21, 2014

I don't no when Graham first climbing this route. I lead it in 1975 with a mix of nuts and pins.
By The Blueprint Part Dank
From: FEMA Region VIII
Jul 25, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a great route, lot of variety. But it's a super soft 5.8 if you have any crack technique. The original grade(?) of 5.7 seems right on.
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