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Rookie Crack 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Bryan G on May 3, 2010

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***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>


The crux is a couple chimney moves down low (large cams protect) but the bulk of the climb is a clean handcrack in a shallow left facing corner. It steepens a bit near the top so make sure you save some gear. If the leader takes up a camera you can get some great shots of the second coming up.

2 bolt rap anchor. You need two ropes to get down.


This is near the west end of the south face, on the base of the Great White Throne. Rookie Crack is just right of Grasshopper.


Mostly thin hands to wide hands and something big for the start.

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By Nathaniel Holt
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 8, 2013

This climb is pretty sustained and longer than it looks. Seemed a tad harder than 5.8 to me. Bring a larger cam (a #4 or #5 Camalot) to protect the beginning chimney.
By Sean O' Grady
Oct 20, 2013

I second what Nathan said about bringing large gear for the chimney start and it being more sustained than other routes. Bring two ropes.

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