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Arachnid Traction 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Tom Rosencrans, Dave Szot, and Dennis Luther, 5/28/84
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Nov 21, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: According to ADK Rock, it starts in the crack on t...


Of all the routes on the Creature Wall, this one sees the most traffic.

On the left side of the cliff are two parallel cracks that diagonally split the upper portion of the cliff. Arachnid Traction starts on the face below the cracks in front of a large, nice birch tree and finishes in the right hand crack to the summit.

Begin by climbing up the face using the obvious crack system until the first opportunity to step right arises.

Step right on some balancy terrain, and jam the right of the two classic handcracks. This crack is about 20 feet long and is rather sustained. It also presents very little in the way of rests for the climber, so rest up before beginning this final, cruxy section.

Surmount the crack and climb up over a final, small bulge to the trees where a tree anchor can be built. (Presently, there exists some old webbing and a rap ring.)


The left side of the cliff. Arachnid Traction climbs the right-hand crack.


A standard rack to a #3 Camalot. Include a couple extra yellow, red, and green Camalots for the crux.

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By doligo
Jul 6, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The crux hand crack at the top was a tad too big for my hands - I had to jam my arms. Pumpy. Lower section is easy but awkward climbing.
By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Jul 12, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Stellar single pitch moderate. Top 25 feet sustained. Many small 5.6-5.7 crux moves before getting into the main business. Not a lot of single pitch crag climbing in the ADKs like the Creature Walls, where the routes are long and sustained with interesting movement for the duration.
By Medic741
From: Pittsford, New York
Aug 11, 2015

Not to miss climb, the last 25 feet made this feel like it should be one of the top classics of chapel pond pass, if not the ADK. Took a 25 foot whipper blowing the top out!

Gear beta - a 0.75, 1 and 2 protect the last 25 foot crux of sustained hands. Not to miss climb, was one of the best pitches I've done in the ADK.
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