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North America, United States, Utah, Canyonlands Area

Canyonlands Area. On the road to North Sharpshooter Tower, a mile from the dug-out ranch and on the north side of the highway, is the canyon often called “Fringe of Death Canyon.” Jim Dunn and companions have climbed a couple of dozen crack lines there in the past few years, all free, all nut ascents with an occasional bolt for belays. The most popular of the wall ascents is “Super Crack,” climbed by Dunn, Ed Webster and Earl Wiggins. This F10 crack runs through a small roof 20 feet up and a small niche 75 feet up and is otherwise 300 feet of flawless single-fractured sandstone.

Eric Bjørnstad