Chocolate covered as in yummy food, scorpions as in the thing Marcy scared out of the crack. Route could still use some cleaning, but provides an easier trad lead than some others. Cleaner climbing starting in the right-leaning crack from the base, rather than the dihedral, up 20' to ledge, face and arete to another ledge, then a straight up crack to the belay anchors for Frosted Snakes. Will set up rap anchor from there to rap route, but for now rap into the "chasm" from the rings that lead to the base of Centipede Corner and Frosted Snakes.
Directly uphill from the east side of Entrance Tower, it's the west-facing cliff of the Frosted Snakes fin. The line is clearly visible from the upslope region of Entrance and the climb starts about 20' to the right of the trail up to The Lunchbox proper.
Doubles of .25 to #2, a #3 and depending on your climbing style, a few medium stoppers.
Belaying Hanna from the top ledge, showing the top...
|Comments on Chocolotate Covered Scorpion Crack
From: Tucson, AZ
Dec 6, 2009
Thanks for the new route and great route description, Arjun! I'm looking forward to taking a run on it! :)
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Dec 15, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A fun, moderate addition to the area...good eye, Arjun! Glad to hear that you got it cleaned up a bit more last time you got on it.
As Arjun mentions above, this route uses the rappel anchors for Frosted Snakes. Note that this is currently the rappel for four routes (FS, HtJ, CCSC, and T-S/W).