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Route 52

This route is located in the Northern Gorge Region at Fortress Wall

Bombs Bursting

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Cussin' Crack 5.7 (Trad) **

First Ascent: Bob Molzon, Dick Shori in 1977
Length: 65ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route ascends a wide, flaring, left-facing crack 20 feet left of Route 52. From the ledge, traverse left to the anchors on American Crack to descend.
"Blasphemous explitives abound whilst endeavoring to extirpate oneself from this inexorable condundrum" -John Bronaugh, Red River Gorge Climbs, Second Edition
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: Ascentionist
Date: Jan 4th, 2016


marathonmedic said on August 30th, 2004
Shit climb. Had to downclimb since I didn't see the guidebook said to traverse left and rap off of American Crack's anchors. Wouldn't be so bad if it had it's own anchors.
Anonymous said on March 16th, 2005
rap from anchors of Bombs Bursting, not much of a traverse that way
Myke Dronez said on July 8th, 2008
Watch and see how long it takes before the cussin' starts- 20, 30, 40 ft.?? A whole lotta WTF-
Anonymous said on September 20th, 2009
rappelling off American Crack is insane, have to walk about 40' on a bunch of loose stuff at the ledge. Using Bombs Bursting anchors makes much more sense, but even this is awkward. Whoever left the webbing with the lockers around the boulder on the top of Cussin' Crack had a reason for this. The climb would be much more popular if it had its own rappel rings.
Cromper said on July 28th, 2012
Excellent intro to squeeze and offwidth. Surprisingly very clean. A little pebbly but still very fun! Rappel off of bombs bursting anchors is no trouble at all.
Sloth said on October 21st, 2017
Have your game face on for this climb, it is game on from start to finish. Save a couple 4s or a good 5 for the off with up top. It's a super fun route.