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Tarantula starts on the left crack system where the rope is in this pic.
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Burt and Eric
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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Nov 27, 2011

My favorite lead route at Old SS and one of my all time DL fav's. A way better alternative to Gargantua... Excellent pro all the way up.
Spicey finish moves as we all know.

By Dylan Colon
From: Eugene, OR
Nov 30, 2011

Ah but the mantle on Gargantua is super fun! Or maybe I just like mantles. Ditto on the finish though, I came very close to flubbing the exit mantle while leading Gargantua and almost took a very exciting head over heals fall. Both routes are great though, and I've still got to get back and lead Tarantula.

By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Dec 1, 2011

Your sick Dylan.... no one really likes that flop move over Gargantua roof....... they just say they like it.....

By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Dec 1, 2011

That's one of my favorite moves in all of DL. I once led this in December and then the next time I led it was in the summer- and the holds were sort of greasy on the mantle move. For some reason or another my toe slipped off as I was pressing over and I "down campused" and let my right foot dangle and had to re-mantle in order to save myself from slamming into the boulder below. A very exciting lead but I do agree that Tarantula is also an exceptional lead.

By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Dec 1, 2011

I love Gargantua ... when I get it. And I hate it when I don't!

At some point in the future some poor admin-type is going to feel compelled to move this whole discussion over to Gargantua, you know.

By Ryan Strong
From: Golden, CO
Dec 6, 2011

What route is the crack on the right of this picture?

By Josh Knapp
From: East Troy, Wisconsin
Dec 7, 2011

Strong, I think that is just a 5.9 variation of Gargantua, also the beginning of Baker Street which climbs the face right of Gargantua.

By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Dec 7, 2011

Not much in the way of pro on Baker Street. Kinda soft for 10d at the Lake. Get after it Strong Dong! And Knapp too!

By Josh Knapp
From: East Troy, Wisconsin
Dec 8, 2011

Yo, Hansen, check out my todo list.....BIG plans for next year!

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Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Nov 27, 2011
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Tarantula (5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b )
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