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The Grack, Left - 5.7

Average Rating = 3.67/5 Average Rating : 3.67 out of 5
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Standard Trad Rack: Stoppers and cams to 2".
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 3.20/5
  Rock Quality 4.60/5
  Scenery 4.80/5
  Fun Factor 3.60/5

Description:

About 100 Right of The Cow is a series of left facing corners and open books. Follow these for 3 pitches of enjoyable 5.6/5.7 climbing, topping out on the Grack ledge. This climb is Grade II, 5.6/5.7

Submitted by: rcwallrat on 2005-04-25
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Route ID: 65982

10 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.1
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: leoand23 on 2011-07-09 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Awesome route

Lead the whole thing (Terri followed). I agree the most fun pitch was P2; It looks like went past the belay station for P3 and was almost out of rope (60m rope) so I had to build my anchor on a finger crack (not my best anchor ever but it looked solid w a nut and two small cams). We did the rap with two raps w 2 60m ropes. Tie knots on your ends since the ropes did not reach all the way down to the bottom. We all had to climb down for about 10-15 ft.

Added: 2011-07-19

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: sclaussen on 2011-05-28 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it

I've climbed the grack center 3 or 4 times now so I decided to give the grack left a go. The first pitch of the grack left is a lot more interesting than the grack center in my view (of course the money pitch for the grack center is the pitch 2 perfect hands splitter). There appears to be a handful of options regarding the first pitch -I went up the grack center line and stayed left at the point where you transition right for grack center - then went up a little 5.6 crack - and then into a more offwidth groove to the Bay Tree. With this line, and a 60m rope, I was about 20 feet short of the tree though, and had to build an anchor in groove (this was w/my belayer belaying from the same spot you belay the grack center). Thus, I'd recommend either a pair of 70s, a slightly more direct line, or scrambling up a bit on the class 3/4 start and belaying from there.

The Bay Tree has slings/rap rings as of our climb.

The money pitch of the grack left is the first half of the second pitch. It isn't very long, but it has some interesting moves in it, primarily stemming, a bit of lieback/mantle. This is the only 5.7 portion. It is just above the Bay Tree.

The second half of pitch 2 is class 3 or 4 to a very large slung boulder. You can rap from there if you like. We did a class 3/4 pitch 3 scramble to the top of the Grack Center, and then rappelled from there. Supertopo doesn't denote the route going to the top of the Grack Center (denoted route K in the book) - I assume because it's essentially just 3rd class.

Just like the Grack Center, the Grack Left descent is accomplished via two rappels using two ropes.

Added: 2011-05-29

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: redsolarearth on 2009-06-23 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars My friends did Grack center, and I should have too

while there were a few interesting parts, mostly boring. Some of the belay stations were slightly sketchy. The view from the grack ledge is awesome though.

Added: 2009-06-23

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: joshwebb on 2009-05-10 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars -

Fun, but enjoyed the center much more. Lots of bees around the belay anchors.

Added: 2009-05-11

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: jav_ang on 2008-05-03 (View Climbing Log)

2 out of 5 stars -

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Added: 2008-05-05

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