The Big Crack

3 Stars
 E2 5b

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A compelling line with great climbing. Head steeply to a jug then pull on a couple of finger-jams gains good holds and the base of the wide upper crack. This proves to be awkward, although hidden holds out left help. Low in the grade but pretty pumpy.
FFA. John Syrett 1973. In 1955 the mighty Whillans used a machine nut for aid, the sharp-eyed may still spot it.


Strenuous climbing on some good holds in the bottom half, with easier climbing up the off-width crack above. Good gear where you need it.
Nick Smith - 20/Apr/02

None of the moves is particularely hard, but the first 6m are strenuous as hell. Top bit is scarier looking than actually is.
Arnaud Garcon - 14/Apr/03

Crux in 1st half on the finger jams and gear in back of wide bit not quite as good as you'd expect. Nice sustained route.
Tom - 07/Jan/08

The first half is not overly strenuous if you don't faff around. There are plenty of rests to be had on the top half which is awkward rather than difficult. Gear seemed good all the way up.
C.E. Moreton - 24/Aug/09

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