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Snake Watching 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Jimmy Surette
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Submitted By: Jim Redo on Aug 7, 2004

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Snake Watching is the farthest left route on Overhang Rock. It is the "Eighth Day" of the Flatirons.

Scramble up easy 5th class to get to the first bolt. A three move boulder problem takes you up and over the initial overhang. From here, it's crimp, crimp, and more crimp for about a mile to anchors just below the summit. I don't know if something broke, but I found there to be a pretty hard boulder problem at about the 11th bolt. The rock is a little friable in spots. I could not get to the ground with a 70 meter cord, so bring an 80 meter cord or use the lowering station midway up.


15 bolts to a two bolt anchor. There is a midway anchor at the 8th or 9th bolt.

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Rob crushing it like the beast he is.
Rob crushing it like the beast he is.
Melissa Love enjoying this beauty.
Melissa Love enjoying this beauty.
This is why Rob is my hero!
This is why Rob is my hero!
Jake Miller crimping on through.
Jake Miller crimping on through.
Bruce Miller with his hiking boots on.
Bruce Miller with his hiking boots on.
Beta sheet.
Beta sheet.

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By Joe Collins
Aug 23, 2007

A 70m rope will get you down with some shenanigans, but it's very close. Best to use the midway anchors.
By Jonathan Siegrist
From: his truck
Mar 17, 2009
rating: 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c

This is a brilliant climb! Crimps for daaaaayyyyysss. Definitely climb (past the first anchor) to the top of this beast for full value- a must do climb at the grade in the front range. I was also skeptical about lowering with a 70m- it would be really close.
By Dan Levison
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 23, 2009
rating: 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c

Old school Flatirons mega-classic. V6 boulder problem to 120 feet of techy 5.12, capped by an enormous two-tiered roof.
By Taylor Roy
From: Boulder, Co
Mar 29, 2013
rating: 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c

Got down very easily from the last bolt before the anchors with a 70m. Reached to top of the boulder that you scramble on top of to start the route. Some very easy downclimbing gets you to the ground.
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 29, 2013

Amazing route! It just feels like it goes forever. I have lowered safely from the top anchors with different 70 meter ropes. Have a knot tied on the end, and with minimal shinanigans, you can lower straight to the ground. If you have a stretchy 9.4 or 9.2 cord, you can lower pretty easily from the very top. Thicker 70 meter ropes may require the belayer to scramble up at the base a little higher enough for the climber to reach the slab ramp at the bottom that most people climb up to start the route. It is totally safe and saves a lot of time on the lowering. Just have a solid knot tied in the end of the rope to allow someone belaying with a Grigri to go hands free if need be right before you touch down on the ground. Also, I have learned that most people can yard on draw #1 and reach the jug fairly easily allowing you to avoid using a stick clip for bolt 2, again saving you a lot of time when your warming up or hanging draws on the route. This route is just plain awesome! Get on it, and smile your whole way to the top....
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