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Mike's Crack 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b [details]
FA: Dave Belton, Barry Belton
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Submitted By: EricD on Feb 1, 2008
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Mike's Crack (5.5) trad

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This route starts easy, but gets harder than the 5.5 rating suggests. The crack is easy, but the move out to the face can prove difficult (especially if committed to the crack). Not a bad route.


The route is a left facing dihedral-type-thing. It's a big crack toward the right side of the practice wall.


Easily top-roped. Big gear for the bottom, smaller for the top (if you want to lead).

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Mike's Crack (5.5) trad

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By Sean Cobourn
From: Gramling, SC
Aug 1, 2008

FA was Dave and Barry Belton. Named after Mike Smith, a Crowders fixture "back in the day".

By saxfiend
From: Decatur, GA
Aug 2, 2008

Thanks for the info, Sean, I've updated the entry.

By Austin Harris
Jun 6, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

I think some holds have fallen off, which make it more of a 5.7. Not fun for a beginner trad leader.