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YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Scott Cole and others, November 1988
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 15, 2002

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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"

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By Randy
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
From: Honolulu
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 and was practically crapping my pants. The roof was super fun...I really wish I'd made it clean.