Gunpowder Crack

2 Stars
 VS 5b

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The enticing hand-jamming crack is a swine to enter (can be done from left or right) but is much more pleasant above.
FA. Hugh Banner 1961


Felt like 4b using the jugs 18 inches R of the crack at the start (absurd if these are off route). No point in jaming any of it. Easiest route on the buttress.
stp - 26/Jun/02

A real struggle to get started: directly, on the left or on the right. There are no 4b jugs so ignore stp. The top can be jammed or climbed on its right according to preferences
Steve C - 12/Oct/03

Just did this one in the dark and cold with a knackered head-torch so suspect it wasn't 5b! A wonderful little route, though: marvellous jugginess after the start and good gear all the way.
Andy Buckley - 04/Dec/04

The starting moves can be 5b, but it's only 5a with a direct approach.
SteveM - 09/May/05

Lovely route. No need to struggle; reach up to ledge to left of crack and heel-hook ledge to right of crack. Pull up and drop right knee - reach up again and difficulties over.
JonL - 22/Aug/05

Certainly not 5b, maybe 4c 5a at a push.
Jim Jones - 09/Sep/05

Nice little route. Start is 5a-ish, the rest is very enjoyable.
Nick M - 05/Oct/05

No way this is 4c 5a/b (start) is fair. Again a good solo/problem with one move at the top to make you think...
nate mcmullan - 12/Nov/06

Found the start desperate (& I like jammimg!)
Iain Thow - 17/Mar/07

Once pass the hard start the rest is nice and easy and i would say the start is a easy 5bish. I like Randy's wall better.Paul Tomo
Paul Tomo - 04/Aug/07

Once past the start, the rest of it depends on how the arms coped with the start. Mine just made it.
John Hutch - 09/Feb/08

Start on right is about 5a, start on left is worth 5b, start up the crack is probably hardest of them all.
Alan James - 28/Jun/09

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