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The Great Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, TR
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Apr 25, 2002

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"Great Crack" and a great day.

Description 

Great Crack is a nice long climb on Great Tower in the Prospect Point Towers formation. Start on low angle easy rock and climb up to a nice ledge. From the ledge head left up inside corner. Do a tough layback in the corner crack and pull up to another good ledge. Follow the path of least resistance to the top.


Protection 

Standard Rack up to #3 Camalot



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At the crux yet?
At the crux yet?
The Great Tower, The Great Crack
The Great Tower, The Great Crack
Look Down while climbing Great Tower past the crux and almost at the top.
BETA PHOTO: Look Down while climbing Great Tower past the crux...
4/11/2010 - Justin at the crux of Great Crack
BETA PHOTO: 4/11/2010 - Justin at the crux of Great Crack
At the wide spot
At the wide spot
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By JJ Schlick
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From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 14, 2006

In this photo you can See Steak Sauce to the right. It climbs through the notch in the roof-

By Paul Huebner
From: Portage, WI
Aug 11, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

One of the longer moderate leads in the park. While standing on big ledge, the crux can be well protected with a cam placed about 4 feet up and turned by jamming the crack just above the cam placement or using layback technique. Loose blocks greet you near the top. Once on top of the tower you can walk off it to the West and then circle back around towards the lake to pick up your pack.

By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Aug 26, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

This is a fantastic climb and should be on every leaders tick list!

By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Sep 6, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I took Remo's advice on got on this the other day. WOW!!! What an amazing climb. So tall too. One of my favorite leads at the lake now. A bit tuffer than 5.6 for sure.

By Mike Sohasky
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I found that a 4# cam comes in handy near the top in the obvious 10-12 feet of 6 inch wide crack which isn't a give away at 5.6. Fun route, a must do.

By James M Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
10 hours ago
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I'm with Mike, a #4 Camalot is nice. It's definitely 5.6, but it's a grovel (arm-barring in a dihedral) to make it 5.6. The route is long, but the actual climbing isn't. Lost Face, Brinton's, Full-Stop and Berkeley are all more fun at the grade and have more actual climbing. That said, if you've done those, you should probably make the hike to this thing.