Y-Crack Boulder, named for the prominent Y-shaped cleft on it's southern side, is located northeast of Pinnacle Peak proper and accessed from the main hiker trail via a spur climber's trail that takes you to the base of the formation. The impressive Y-Crack route, rated 5.9, is a memorable old school introduction to wide crack climbing. There are also some moderate face routes on the back (north) side of the formation and rappel bolts on the summit.
Hike up the tourist trail from the visitor's center (looks like a big smooth dirt golf cart path). Continue on past the climbers' trail to the peak and the trail will flatten out and head a bit down. Y-Crack will be seen off to the northeast. Take the climber's trail headed off in that direction to get to the formation.
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Y Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'
Send it 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
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Send it 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a AZ
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The route starts with a lieback, then move to a finger crack about 12 feet off of the deck. This is really your first option to place pro unless you bring micronuts, and getting up to crack is the crux of the climb (I fell twice on a #4 BD micronut). After you get established in the crack it gets a little thin, but there's good stances all the way up. Back boulder is off (if you can even reach it). Shares anchors with Turtle Piss off to the left. TR works fine with this one, but a dir...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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By Brandon Bogardus
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 3, 2007
Narliest sandbag at Pinnacle Peak. Watch out for the Cholla in the upper part of the crack, and be sure to flip off the rich golfers at Estancia Country Club right behind the climb.