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Rat Crack 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type: Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 110'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Jim O'Brien on Dec 17, 2007
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The start on on the right wall of a chimney that rises 1/3 of the climb into an off width. the final moves are hands / fingers to the top. A great climb and a good introduction to chimneys.


The route is obvious from the base, find the large chimney, left side of the crag as you face it- rap from tree anchors to decend.
70m helpful- tie knots at the end of your cord if using a 60m


Standard trad rack to 3", no fixed gear but solid trees for an anchor.

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By Eastvillage
From: New York, NY
Jun 30, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Classic Fritz route. Strenuous.

By jackkelly00
May 28, 2010

Awesome route. Crack and chimney climbing. Old school 5.7. In my humble opinion one of the best 5.7 leads in CT

Starts as a finger crack then through a bulge. Goes to chimney (almost runout) then to some hand crack.

Gear to 4"

By Kurtz
Sep 24, 2012

Beware the poison ivy vine on climber's right about 15 ft from the top.