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Finger Crack

Definition of a Climbing Word


Heidi Knapp jams a crack in Indian Creek Canyon, Utah.

Finger cracks are thin cracks that only your fingers fit inside.

Photograph © Stewart M. Green

Finger Crack

A finger crack is a crack or crevice on a cliff face that is the width of a climber’s fingers, usually between ½-inch and one-inch wide. Climbers ascend a finger crack by finger jamming or wedging their fingers in the crack. Finger cracks are protected by small cams and nuts like Stoppers.

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