200 Routes Surpassed

Crane Mountain now has over 200 routes gracing its cliffs, 220 in fact, according to my latest count. 2012 was a good year to focus on the benchmark, with an early spring and prolonged dry weather throughout the summer. Autumn hasn’t been quite so good – on the contrary, it has been lousy – but we’ve managed one or two major additions all the same.

Tom and I gravitated toward the high South Corner Cliffs, finally tackling that long project I’ve longed to do. Tom sent the direct line, dubbing it Second Amendment; I circumvented both 5.10b cruxes (!!) to yield a 5.8+ version named Bill of Rights. I highly recommend climbing one or the other, this is another Crane “must-do” and an excellent introduction to this piece of the mountain. Bring plenty of QDs, green and red C3s, a selection of smaller C4s, and maybe the #4 C4 as well (optional at the belay). Two pitches, both of which¬†have 5.8 or 5.10b cruxes (depending on which line you take). The upper 5.10b crux is well-protected, but there is some runout 5.7ish terrain shortly thereafter.

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We also spied, cleaned up, and finally sent another line about 200′ to the right, yesterday. It’s an 85′ 5.10a/b, again with cruxes at the start and finish, called Riprovando. A burly start involving a jughaul to a left-rising crack in a steep wall gives way to elegant friction crossing a face to finish off on delicate and dicey moves to a distant rail near the finish line.

We’ve a few other projects that may be finished before snow and cold put a stop to the madness (yes, Slabmeister being one of them), so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Crane’s sum total reach 225 before the year is out. We are praying for good weather and time to accomplish the feat.

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