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Screaming Yellow Zonkers Crack 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: FA-Joe Cote and Bruce Kumph FFA Jim Dunn
Season: recieves sun!
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Submitted By: matthew ritter on Apr 12, 2010

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Description 

This is one of the best pitches in the northeast! Don't follow the crowds. Come climb this materpiece! Spectacular overhanging finger crack climbing to pumpy and technical crux. Jaw dropping!

Some history from the Ed Webster guidebook: "Joe Cote and Bruce Kumph aided the first ascent of the route on June 15, 1975. The first free ascent was a significant climb of the times when it was done by Jim Dunn in October of 1975."

Trust me, onsighting this crack is gonna feel significant in 2024.

Location 

Woodchuck Ledge THE ZONKERS WALL

Protection 

I like nuts and cams. falls are super clean.


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By john strand
From: southern colo
Apr 12, 2010

An on sight of this classic is hard won for sure.
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Apr 12, 2010

Great route!
By Jeffrey LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Jul 20, 2012

What would be some good starter cracks that would nicely progress towards this beauty?
By M Sprague
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From: New England
Jul 20, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Blackjack Crack might be useful. I haven't been on either in a while, but I remember black jack being a little wider and the face around it is much more featured, but if you ran laps on it, gradually using only smaller and smaller foot holds, I would think that would help. Zonkers is fairly steep, so you want to be able to motor along efficiently so you don't pump out.
By Richard Dana
Dec 9, 2012

Deserves 10 stars
By Eric Chabot
From: Thetford Ctr, VT
Oct 6, 2014
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

So so fun!!! Fingerlocks like jugs to a burly crux at the top that for me involved a rugged (but solid) fist jam. Can't wait to get back and lead this thing clean.

A couple harder sections intermixed with more solid locks and jams with good horizontals. Milk your rests and you will send.