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Sidewinder 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Ben Natusch on Apr 2, 2009

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Description 

This route follows the crack that weaves back and forth between Ladybug (5.8) and Boardwalk (5.5). Then about 3/4 of the way up the crack ends and Sidewinder continues straight up to the top.


Location 

This route is located on the practice face between Ladybug and Boardwalk. There are fixed bolts at the top for building TR anchors or rappelling. Rappel or walk off to the right.


Protection 

There is good protection for the first half of the climb. The second half has some placements available in horizontals and cracks off to the side.



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Tyler starting up Sidewinder.
Tyler starting up Sidewinder.
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By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Jun 11, 2012

Easiest 5.7 at Crow Hill. Very fun start where the 5.7 climbing ends after about 25-30 feet, then it's pretty much 5.3 to the topout.

By J Meagher
Nov 14, 2012
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

Easy 5.7? At Rumney, this would get a solid 5.8! Anyways, excellent face climb with some interesting balance moves. The crux for me was getting the jug/flake about 1/3 of the way up. It was very wet in the last 8 feet on 11/10, but that was probably due to the snow on the Thursday before.

By S. Neoh
Nov 17, 2012

Can't compare grades between areas and eras, especially between a predominantly sport area and a relatively old school area. Want even harder 5.7 routes? I got a few at The Gunks to recommend. :)

By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
Dec 22, 2012

Definitely easier than Franny's Folly, Post Road, or Outersite (original finnish).... I agree that you can't really compare grades between areas in New England. Though the jug move is a little height-dependent, it's probably the only 5.7 move on the climb by Crow Hill standards.

S. Neoh: Gunks RULE!! Did a three day trip out there this year to do as many classic 5.6 climbs as possible, and ALL of them were much harder that Sidewinder :)

By Tyler Newcomb
Dec 26, 2012

This is an awesome route! I'm a 5.8/5.9 climber, and I think this was more like a 5.8. The crux section is about halfway up the wall, and I found going to the right was easier. Overall, great route as a warmup or for beginners. The solid D bolts at the top make for a fast and easy set up. I agree with J. Meagher about the crux.

By JD1984
From: Worcester, MA
May 20, 2013

For a nice variation, you can move left on the easy slab to the roof on the corner above Ladybug. Makes for a nice 5.8 exit move on holds that are usually wet. Led this again today and I'm gonna stick to my guns about it being the easier 5.7 here. The gear is great and all, but one piece has a great stance for the placement.