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Kaleidoscope Cracks 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 10 pitches, 1200', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jorge & Joanne Urioste
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Submitted By: Larry DeAngelo on Jun 26, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Kaleidoscope Cracks

Description 

Climb the long first pitch of the Rainbow Buttress to the big ledge. Scramble right to a small pine tree. Climb the face past an uninspiring old bolt in less inspiring rock. Then climb cracks up and right, eventually belaying at a platform to the left of the big chimney system.

Face climb up and right to gain the cracks of the main chimney. Pass the big overhang and continue up the cracks on the left for a few pitches. The route joins Rainbow Buttress on the large ledge with the pine tree, one pitch below the top.

Hike west and follow the standard Oak Creek descent route.

Location 

Go up Oak Creek following the standard Eagle Wall approach. Continue to highest, easternmost ledges on the ramp system and start at the same place as Rainbow Buttress.

Protection 

Standard rack. Until the bolts get replaced, a couple of screamers won't go unused.


Photos of Kaleidoscope Cracks Slideshow Add Photo
The last pitch before the route rejoins the Rainbo...
The last pitch before the route rejoins the Rainbo...
Approaching the overhang in the main chimney syste...
Approaching the overhang in the main chimney syste...
This is a view of the main part of the Kaleidoscop...
BETA PHOTO: This is a view of the main part of the Kaleidoscop...

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By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Dec 3, 2009

This thing starts out mediocre and just gets worse. The top half is all gully stomping with an occasional tree to bushwhack through. It's easy for the grade but there's not a whole lot of pro and the rock is somewhat questionable. There are better adventure climbs to be had in Red Rock. Definitely link pitches or it'll take you all day. Strong parties can easily solo to the bottom of the 4th pitch where the real climbing begins, and doing that will get you to the top in 4-5 roped pitches. The top half involves a lot of chimney climbing which can be time consuming, so leave yourself enough daylight.