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Skeletal Ribs 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Neal Brodien, Jamie Cunningham, August 1992
Season: Late Spring thru Fall
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Submitted By: Steve Marr on Apr 18, 2007

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Tim Mijal styling it up high on the route.


Climb the crack that leads between the two trees. It starts out as a hand crack at the bottom and gets steadily wider near the top (up to a #3.5 or #4 Camalot). Continue up a second, smaller crack just left of the first tree (the crux is avoiding the tree). Climb through a small overhang right of the second tree, and follow a third crack (hands) to the anchors. Fun climbing, great protection.


About 15-20 feet right of the ladder. Look for a smooth face right of Maiming of the Shrew split by two horizontals. Skeletal Ribs is the prominent, widening crack right of the face that climbs between two trees growing out of the wall.


Standard rack with a couple of bigger cams. 2 bolt anchor at the top.

Photos of Skeletal Ribs Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Krista working her way up this great warm-up, ever...
Krista working her way up this great warm-up, ever...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just off the ground on Skeletal.
Just off the ground on Skeletal.
Rock Climbing Photo: Krista just working past the dead tree, and Blake ...
Krista just working past the dead tree, and Blake ...
Rock Climbing Photo: At the anchors on Skeletal Ribs.
At the anchors on Skeletal Ribs.
Rock Climbing Photo: mike on Skeletal...
mike on Skeletal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing through the crux.
Climbing through the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: one more of Skeletal...
one more of Skeletal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Skeletal Ribs, without the trees.
BETA PHOTO: Skeletal Ribs, without the trees.

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By David Aguasca!
From: New York
May 8, 2008

My friend Chad and I were at Echo last month, and noticed that the tree in the crack had fallen, and was pinned by it's own roots. We left a notice on NEClimbs, and last I was there, it had been removed.

The only problem is that the root and a couple feet of trunk are still protruding from the crack; the result is a giant spike of death ready to impale anybody who falls from above it.

Would it be appropriate to go with a saw and remove it?
By Todd Harris
From: Lakewood, CO
May 12, 2008

I doubt the forest service would mind as long as you informed them of your intentions. A lot of forest rangers climb so I'm sure they might facilitate the removal or grant you some special permit.

White Mountain National Forest
Phone: (603)528-8721
Franconia Notch State Park
General Information: (603)823-8800

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