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North Country Club Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Patrick and Mary Purcell, 5/8/85
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Nov 4, 2007

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rapping off after leading this classic route


A hand crack to climb time and time again.

NCCC is the first route you encounter when you get up to the cliff. It doesn't get much more obvious that this--jam the low angle hand crack to the top, passing a large, unstable blocky roof to the right. The crux comes at about 2/3 height where a few high feet and some trust in the friction gods gets you to a bucket and great feet.

For the anchor: Either sling the tree WITH YOUR OWN cordelette and belay your second up, or lower off. (Note: The tree at the top of the route is slung with webbing and rap rings; however, that does NOT mean one should occupy this for the purpose of toproping, nor should you trust its integrity.)


RIght in front of you as you get to the won't miss it.


A standard rack with some hand size pieces. Cordelette and some lockers for the anchor.

Photos of North Country Club Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Suzy Williams on North Country Club Crack
Suzy Williams on North Country Club Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: The right-leaning splitter
The right-leaning splitter
Rock Climbing Photo: N.C.C.C. is a joy and a half.
N.C.C.C. is a joy and a half.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gray leading North Country Club Crack.
Mike Gray leading North Country Club Crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mind-blowing!  Crack trending right
Mind-blowing! Crack trending right

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By Eli Kramer
From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 29, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Really great climb. Right leaning crack with options. Takes good pro. Worth stopping at Jewels and Gems just for this climb. Guidebook lists the climb at 70 ft.
By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Jun 7, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Sustained 5.6 moves. Not a gimme.
By Matt Baer
From: Boulder, CO
May 17, 2012

Awesome warm up route, kind of polished in places and gets soaked after the rain. Great climbing however.
By Frank Abissi
From: Grand Rapids, MI
Mar 18, 2015

This route is too much fun not to be a classic
By Francis Kerdevez
From: Montreal
Apr 13, 2015

I found the blocks of rock at the top of the climb weren't fantastic. I felt several of them moved a little when holding on them. With time these might become a concern.
By TSluiter
From: Monkton, VT
Jul 16, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Awesome climb! First 1/2 is nice and sustained, some interesting positions, quite fun. Takes real nice pro all the way through, easy to sew up. 5.4-5 climbing on the last third. Didn't notice any loose blocks.
By NESteve
From: Albany, NY
Aug 16, 2015

Awsome one of the dacks best pitches!

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