Tool Or Die
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Photo by Mike B.
This is probably the finest sustained handcrack that I have done to date in Vedauwoo.
The route lies on the West side fo the Valley Massif. You must climb the first Pitch of the route "Hammer" to a bolted belay to get to Tool Or Die.
Hammer is a fun first pitch (5.7 or 5.8) but as I have only done 1/2 of said route, and I am sure many have done the whole route, I do not feel qualified to write about the rest here. Perhaps, someone who has done the whole route can add it to the site?
From the bolted belay, work a few feet up the hammer crack, placing a piece on a 2' sling. Grab a huge undercling flake and work another piece up in it, while moving to its right-hand-side. Place a good small stopper (maybe #5 or #6 BD?) in a small bottomed out crack. You see the crack up and to your right about 10 feet? Well, you have to get to that. As stated in the book, this crack is a 5.9. Getting to it, however...
Now, do the crux. Move up and left of the undercling flake one of several ways, probably up to a left-lieback, stem right, and then sink in the fingers far to your right. Make a few moves up here to reach the handcrack. Good gear is available the whole way, but if you are pushing your grades at 5.10a, you probably either just did a runout or fell fidgeting with gear.
You will finish at the top on a bolted anchor. Rap twice to the ground, or ONCE with a 70m. A two-rope rap is not recommended, because you might get them stuck in the nearby cracks.
A few stoppers small to midrange, plus a handful of hand-sized cams are needed for this pitch.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Sep 2, 2002
It is a climb that is well worth doing. Beautiful setting, beautiful crack, great pro. I actually went straight up then right on the crux, and it was a couple of fun moves. You can protect the crux below the hanging flake, than just move till you get into the hand crack. Great climb!!!
Jul 18, 2005
Super sweet. Do p.1 of Hammer, and then just keep motoring right into Tool Or Die. Two decent stoppers can be placed before moving off the flake (i.e. right before committing to the crux "inverted V-slot"), and from there to the top, it's nothing but slamma jamma.
|By Colin Coulson|
Sep 12, 2005
Funky entrance, and a GREAT hand crack... very unlike Vedawoo. It is possible to toprope hammer off of the bolts - a fun experiment to see how much more whipped you feel after an offwidth that is at least a grade easier.
|By Jason Funk|
From: Laramie Wyoming
Jul 9, 2009
It may have been my own experience, but I didn't think the pro was that great to protect the crux. Below are some bomber nut placements and above is a nice finger slot for a yellow Alien, but the few moves of the crux are stout and insecure, gear placement is tricky and you will probably hit the ledge if you're unable to get something solid in above the crux. That said, this is a great climb, just takes some careful work to get to the hand crack.