After climbing the Casual Route the day before, we took an easier day of climbing by sleeping in, loitering at the Notchtop Cafe and then going climbing at Lumpy Ridge
Clouds were brewing early near Longs Peak
We headed up for the much talked about 5.9 crack of J Crack on The Book formation
We drew stones and Daniel got first lead, a 5.6ish pitch up to the base of the sweet J Crack
The second pitch was my lead and what we came for. A sustained, beautiful 5.9 finger and hands crack up the clean face for ~150 feet
It was a flaring crack but the foot jams were good most of the way. Painful but secure.
Daniel heaing up P3. More of the same crack to a steep headwall with tricky 5.10- slab traversing to the right
Above the third pitch. We did two more pitches to the top from here following lines that looked appealing but weren't really "on route"
Looking down on our sixth, last, pitch
Raging over on Longs. It rained on us once we got back down to the base of the formation so we hiked out.
Cave Descent "walk off". A bit of fourth/fifth class downclimbs but fast.