Pratt's Crack is a big fissure that splits Photographers Peak in Custer State Park next to Sylvan Lake. It was originally done in 1963 by Chuck Pratt and Steve Roper. This page features a variation that goes right after about 120ft where Pratt went straight into the easier chimney. It can be done in one pitch with a 70m rope or by simul-climbing with a 60m rope, but you will want to bring lots of long slings and runners. The rack is wide and flairing so the pro is placed deep in the crack many times. That coupled with the needles rough rock can cause a lot of rope drag.
This route is right off of the highway next to Sylvan Lake. Given its prominent position and great rock quality it is surprising that this route does not get more ascents. It might be due to the amount of wide crack and squeeze chimneying.
The route starts on an easy ramp but soon moves into a full on squeeze chimney. It then moves into another squeeze chimney.
You then move onto the face and some intermittent cracks.
It is then some fun romping up an easier face. It is a little run out, but never too hard.
Take lots of wide gear and a lot of slings. This is unless you want to run it out or break it up into smaller pitches.
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