Left Twin Crack (aka Manic Crack)
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When the finger crack ends it's on to the tiny cri...
A beautiful slightly-overhanging-but-locker finger crack with 'just enough' footholds on the face goes to a bulge where the rock changes texture near the top. Shake out at the hand jam rest before a couple of thin, cruxy face moves to easier terrain at the top. Bear to the right up high to reach the anchors.
Originally rated 5.11c/d, but general consensus is that this is a notch or two easier.
At least 2 longtime LA climbers swear this crack was not called Manic Crack back in the day; that this and the crack to its right (now called Lost Nerve in the guidebooks) were referred to as the "Twin Cracks". This makes sense, that the "Manic Crack" name resulted from its nearness to the sport climb "Manic Nirvana", which was bolted in '89 or '90, but most of the cracks here and even some of the faces had been climbed earlier, on TR if not on lead.
Obvious slightly overhanging finger crack just right of the Banshees bolted arete climb.
Rack of cams from a #0.3 camalot to a #2 camalot; some may want 1-3 extras of #0.4 camalot size. Nuts also may be useful, though they're harder to place from pumpy stances.
At the top, angle to the right from the top to the 2-bolt anchor for Manic Nirvana (the sport climb just to the right).
|Photos of Left Twin Crack (aka Manic Crack) Slideshow
George Perkins looking solid on his first clean se...
George Perkins placing a piece to protect the crux...
Solid finger locks are the norm on the route. Marc...
Josh Smith sending in style.
|Comments on Left Twin Crack (aka Manic Crack)
|By Dave Wachter|
Mar 13, 2008
Super sweet finger crack with nice feet and unlimited gear placements. Nice hand jam rest halfway up, one size fits all. I agree that the rating is too generous (10+ or 11- more like it). Again! Again!
|By Matthias Lang|
Nov 17, 2012
I went left to the Banshees anchor, hope I didn't miss any of the good climbing.