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Indian Palisades Corridor
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
"Woody's Variation" T 
Bitter Brew T 
Cotton Mouth T 
Eyes of Amber (aka Chivalry's not Dead) T 
Harrell-Turner T 
Liver is Evil and Must Be Punished, The T 
Mumbling Bee T 
Serpent Scales S 
Shank, The S 
Toe the Line T 
Water Moccasin S 
Wheat Chex T 
Willit Slab S 

Serpent Scales 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Mark J. Nelson on Oct 29, 2002

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"Serpent Scales". Photo by Blitzo.


Locate Water Moccasin (5.7); this is the well-bolted, left-arching friction route climbing the right edge of the brown section of the wall. To the right of Water Moccasin is a lighter section of rock, with a steep section at the bottom. The Harrell-Turner route (5.10b) ascends the center of this section of rock.

Serpent Scales climbs past four bolts (the last slightly off to the right) along the "scales," which are splotchy, brown patina plates along the right side of the lighter section of rock.

A 50m rope is just sufficient to get you back to the ground.


Four bolts to a chain anchor.

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The climber is about 1/3 up the climb.
The climber is about 1/3 up the climb.

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By Ken Lawrence
Oct 25, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Like climbing a ladder...
By Matt N
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 18, 2011

I imagine it feels/is harder for shorter climbers.
By cconradd
From: Washougal, WA
May 23, 2014

Super fun 5.6. Sort of a hard start, it was harder for my wife who is short, but she got it. Nice views of the desert valley from the top.

The 4th bolt is to the upper right of the route and cannot be seen from the ground. The anchor is hidden on the boulder on the top of the route. All bolts and anchors were in good shape, 5/22/14.

Right below the 2nd bolt looking down.
Right below the 2nd bolt looking down.

Rope running from the anchor.
Rope running from the anchor.
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