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Hand Crack

Definition of a Climbing Word


Hand Crack

Ed Webster hand jamming up Supercrack at Indian Creek.

Photo © Stewart M. Green

Hand Crack

A hand crack is a fissure in a rock face that is climbed by jamming or wedging your hands in the crack. Hand cracks are usually two to three inches in width. A narrow hand crack in which your hands barely fit is called a tight hand or thin hand crack. The best example of a perfect hand crack is Supercrack in Indian Creek Canyon in southeastern Utah.

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