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BETA PHOTO: Diamondback, 5.10+
Approach from either Hidden Valley Campground or the Quail Springs Road by way of climber's trails leading through the desert. Start as per Sidewinder at a left-facing flake, above face past a bolt leads to an arching crack system (Sidewinder cuts left here). Pull a small roof and climb past three bolts on featured rock to gain the prominent dike. Traverse left, clip a final bolt (shared with Sidewinder) and make a long balancy traverse up and left to the top.
Descent is to the climber's left, where a bit of downclimbing or a leap will access a pinnacle with rap anchors.
Essentially a variation to Sidewinder, this route is equally as good and a recommended alternative if you've already done that route.
5 bolts (3/8"), gear to 3"
Jun 23, 2008
Nothing R Rated about this route imo.
|By C Miller|
Jun 24, 2008
Randy - not "R", but maybe "PG-13" because of the traverse.
|By Pat C|
Apr 3, 2009
The traverse is like a zillion times scarier with high wind gusts. I did sidewinder like a month ago or something without wind, and it was scary, but not too bad. I did diamondback today (april 3) with gusts up to 23 mph (according to weather.com) and was practically crapping my pants. The roof was super fun...I really wish I'd made it clean.