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Capture the Flag

This route is located in the Southern Region at The Playground

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Crack the Whip 5.11d (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Jason Haas in 2004
Length: 0ft
Bolts: 5 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This powerful crimpfest begins to the right of Capture the Flag.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Ring anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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3.73 stars (77 votes)
Grade Consensus
5.11d (85 votes)

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Submitted by: Reambo
Date: Nov 24th, 2013


young'n climber said on August 16th, 2004
Is this still an open project?
haas said on September 28th, 2004
first ascent - Jason Haas
J-Rock said on October 4th, 2004
Fun climb. Pumpy and sustained with a couple big moves.
J-Rock said on October 22nd, 2004
This fine route is definitely worthy of at least 2 stars (if not 3).
coop said on February 1st, 2005
50 ft. Lots of fun, 3stars, but more like .12a
Power2U said on April 18th, 2005
Pretty cool route with a fun bouldery section right above and below the last bolt. Appears to have seen a bit of holds broke on me.
Anonymous said on June 4th, 2005
Roentgen Ray said on June 13th, 2005
Easy climbing on a short route with a nice boulder problem up high.
ray said on October 3rd, 2005
Great line.
Green3 said on October 6th, 2005
if you have a reach, this is a easier climb for you
Stewy911 said on October 30th, 2005
whata great line clip that last bolt!!!!!!!!!1
rdpoints said on March 21st, 2006
one move wonder.....2 star at BEST
climbon said on April 3rd, 2006
Great climb......Well worth the time......Cool boulder problem up high!!!!!
rdpoints said on April 26th, 2006
wow, this route is bad...if you want good climbing go around the corner to shady!
Anonymous said on April 26th, 2006
hey RDPOINTS, if this route is so bad, why did you come back a month later and get on it again?
Anonymous said on April 26th, 2006
and RDPOINTS, for that matter, if it's a one move wonder, it should be no problem for such a strong climber as yourself. According to your spray list, you can redpoint routes like Orange Juice and Phantasia, but you can't hike this thing? Curious
Stewy911 said on April 26th, 2006
I think this is a classic bouldery line, not extremely pumpy (since I could send it) but hold your head together and don't take the upset down whip going through the crux. I have seen it done.
RRO said on April 26th, 2006
i thought it was a fun route. def worth getting on. the someone comments always crack me up. sign in and let us see the true you.
haas said on April 27th, 2006
I posted those comments from my work computer. I couldn't sign in because they monitor people's web activity and frown upon surfing, so I tried to sneak in. If you have a problem with one of my routes, don't climb it. In the words of my man J-Rock fuck off and pick up a sport like golf instead. I have no problem letting people see the true me. I'm Jason Haas, I'll be in the Red everyday in May.
RRO said on April 27th, 2006
no crap you will be on my couch.....i liked the route, read above. someone posts still suck.
Anonymous said on July 27th, 2006
soft 5.12a, like .11d instead
maxclimb11 said on September 22nd, 2006
super fun route! my first 12a send
merrick said on October 22nd, 2006
good flow...easy, harder, rest, hard and bouldery, easy...perfect
RRO said on March 12th, 2007
after being sent by a hungover charlie rittenberry this has been downrated to 11c
Wes said on March 12th, 2007
RRO is probably right on the grade, esp. for tall people, hell maybe only 11b if you are over 5'10"
charlie said on March 12th, 2007
Felt like a 10 really, cause I wasn't that hungover.
SCIN said on March 12th, 2007
I saw a guy with one arm climb this line this weekend. It was insane. He floated it.
Yasmeen said on March 12th, 2007
Crack the Whip is the new Ro Shampo. Every route will have its day.
Anonymous said on April 5th, 2007
So do any of y'all take it in the butt?
TIT said on July 5th, 2007
We were able to feel the pump, courtesy of our rope gun- roy d mercer. Even though your better half thinks it is a soft 12, I thought it was freakin hard and I was impressed by the lead. nice job roy
Corona said on August 14th, 2007
Definitely different than your run of the mill climb at the Red, it's worth gettin' on. Maybe its cruxy nature makes it seem harder relative to the Red's protypical enduro-recovery climbing, or maybe I just used different beta, but I walked up it my first day out after 6mo on the couch. And I've never, ever redpointed a 12a. In the rest of the country, I think it'd be forgettable as a soft, pleasant 11c. All in all, it's still quite a nice little line.
bhuff04 said on October 9th, 2007
Broke a hold off this yesterday... Left hand gaston after the undercling to crimp and throw half way up. Didn't make the move much harder.
tbwilsonky said on July 8th, 2008
short, sweet, and sequential. really nice movement with two semi-powerful crux sections.
Sco Bro said on September 22nd, 2008
If you're 5' 9" or taller this route won't feel 5.12a. If you're shorter than that then wear climbing shoes with three inch heels, stilettos preferably.
Anonymous said on March 24th, 2009
Certainly hard 11d, likely 12a, depends more on ability than height. Requires crimp power, seeing the jam in the mailbox slot, excellent footwork, and a pair of brass ones for that big move about the last bolt!
therookie said on March 24th, 2009
pigsteak said on March 25th, 2009
hey rookie, that was my wife's first 12a at the red...she is coming for you now....
SCIN said on March 25th, 2009
How can a 5.14 climber know the difference between 11d and 12a?
Shamis said on May 18th, 2009
Very fun. I think the bouldery nature of the crux warrants the 12a grade, even if it is short.
der uber said on June 29th, 2009
12a due to the cruxy moves, but it felt easier than a lot of other lines of the same grade. Decent climb.
tania said on December 2nd, 2009
Even though this was my first "5.12", I agree with the downgrade.
The Pirate said on January 29th, 2010
Hell Yeah...
climb2core said on May 16th, 2011
Fun climb. Reminded me of a shorter J Rats back, but crux seemed a tad easier. Also easier than ctux of Wild Yet Tasty. 11d seems right.
Rollo said on November 24th, 2013
What this route could really use is another comment.