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Hackberry Crack 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

Type: Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Dave Wise on Nov 16, 2007
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Excellent Hands splitter. Pass a flared section about 15' up, then jam through the crux bulge. Great jams from bottom to top. Only complaint is that it's not longer.


Right above the Idaho boulders. Very obvious splitter as seen from the trail--can't miss it. Treebeard is the 5.8 crack around the corner an uphill to the left.


Hands. #2 camalots, one or two #3 camalots. Either a #1 camalot or a mid-large stopper for the top. 2 bolt anchor.

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John K's onsight of Hackberry Crack
John K's onsight of Hackberry Crack
Alex H. running up Hackberry at HCR
Alex H. running up Hackberry at HCR
Fun jamming all the way
Fun jamming all the way
Nice splitter
Nice splitter
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By Chris Prewitt
May 20, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

This is a super-fun route. Probably not as hard as WMA who's crux is thin hands, this has a big hands crux. A must do for he gearhead.

By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Jan 21, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Great route! Nice sustained 5.9 climbing with a few good rests in between. The view from the top is amazing.

By Ignacio
From: Denver, CO
Feb 24, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

So far my favorite trad route at the ranch. As with any crack, the experience varies depending on your hand size, but it felt like a sustained 5.9+ to me past the first 15ft or so. Good practice for cupped hands and elbow jamming.

By Spenser Bolte
Dec 24, 2012

Super good. However, it feels more solid of a 5.9 if you got smaller hands.