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Pin-scarred crack leads ominously to the long and strenuous lieback, although jamming could be employed, it's a race against time to the final (and cruxy) squirm over the top through the slot on the right.
Top rope, bolts on top - inspect before use.
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By Dan McHale
Dec 4, 2012
I top roped this in 1970
Dan McHale top roping and successfully freeing left Sculptored Crack in 1970.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
May 21, 2015
Looking good Dan - thanks for posting.
Jul 14, 2015
Dan's 1970 free ascent has to be one of the earliest for this route. In the late 1960's and early 1970's both Sculpture's and Sand Blast were still being aid climbed with regular frequency. That's how I did them at the time. I think Robbins or Tom Higgins may have done the FFA of these, but that Sand Blast may have been a Bachar tick from the mid-70's. Kudos for the 1970 free ascent, which was hard core for the time!! Note also that there is no chalk to be seen, and that is because use of chalk in climbing was still in its infancy in 1970. Very few of us were using it at all back then, but slowly it made its way to the boulders out front where climbers would each bring a cube of the stuff to rub it on their fingers. Then you'd just leave the cube on the ground while you did a problem, and the real bummer came when someone stepped on your cube. Eventually we started putting it in tiny "Gerry" stuff sacks, and you'd clip this to your swami by the loop that cinched it closed, which did not work very well, because ever time you dipped, it would close down around your wrists. The invention of the modern chalkbag really helped...but just remember kids...it weren't always that way...