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Right Tracks Crack 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on Apr 16, 2010

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Climbing the Right Tracks Crack at the Fountain Bu...

Description 

Climb a sustained finger to thin-hands crack with pods of wider jamming before an easy topout guarded by a final set of moves before the two bolt anchor.


Location 

This is the righthand of the two cracks facing the river. Begin from a nice ledge along the base.


Protection 

Nuts and cams from 0.4" to 3". Bolted anchor at top.



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By Ben Horton
Aug 1, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This and what is called here "Left Tracks Crack" were routes I did about 10 years ago or more with a couple other guys named Wade Drogermyer and Dustin Somthingorother. Not sure if it was done before, but as with the route to the left that I led afterwards, the cracks were so full of debris we figured they hadn't been climbed before, or at least not for 10 years or so... there were no anchors up there at the time either.... So.. .maybe a FA? Anybody know if it was climbed before?

By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Oct 9, 2010

Cool, Ben. Who knows for sure if you guys did the FA. Achey, per the guidebook, put the FA date in the 1990s but doesn't list the names or exact dates, so I'm guessing it's just a guess. Kor and company climbed on the Fountain Buttress in the '60s, so it's pretty conceivable that they could have climbed the Tracks Cracks, since they're so obvious. I've climbed many things in the area where it's just dirty and loose, and you really think you're getting an FA, and lo and behold at the top you find a pin, an old Star drive bolt or I even found an old pair of aiders once. Kor and those guys seemed to climb anything and everything and didn't record any of it, because it was always training for the bigger stuff.

By Jay Austin
May 31, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Good climbing with some interesting hand jams and foot work to boot. I felt like this climb was more of a 5.10, especially after climbing the 5.10 directly to the left of this (which actually turned out to be easier). My climbing partner agreed with a rating of 5.10. very fun climb.