This is the original ground up route that climbs from the base of Hinterlands up through High Hinterland to the Crow's Nest. The line was an exploratory ascent seeking an access passage to the Wünderkind roof. For this reason, Brad and Ryan hauled a drill up to the Hinterlands, and climbed what they later found to be Mark Sprague's "Back Crack" through the direct variation they put in a few weeks prior.
From there, they explored the option of climbing up the black face, but found it at they time to be too steep and featureless to climb without protection, so instead Brad traversed left around the corner and across the "Hinterstoisser Traverse" pitch and into the top of the big dirty gully. The nasty chimney corner seemed the only plausible passage out of the gully and up to the roof above, so Ryan took the lead with the drill strapped to him, and added two bolts on the way up through the wet chimney (5.8). Ryan's first desire was to climb straight through to the "Wünderkind roof", but was not 100% confident about the integrity of the blocks on the face, and did not wish to send anything big down to Bradley below. For the time being, they decided on safety first and looked for an alternative line up "Hanzel und Gretyl" which Ryan led through adding a few bolts at the top to top out on.
Beginning at the base of the Hinterlands, walk into the dirty gully to the right of Hinterland Highway, climb "Back Crack" on the right hand side.
You can either top out at the Crow's Nest and belay off the trees, or lower out through one of the Höhe Hinterland escape lines.
Light rack of small / medium nuts and cams.
Setting up for belay. Photo by Bradley White.
Time to put the drill away after climbing up and s...
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