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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 3 pitches, 250'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Christian Knight, Nov 2007
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Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Jan 4, 2008

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A look down from Pitch 3


A fun, moderate, bolted, multi-pitch route on less-than-stellar quartzite. Snatch adds two pitches above the routes on the left side of The Jobsite.

P1 Climb any of the four right-most bolted routes on The Jobsite’s left side, clip the chains and keep climbing to the base of Snatch proper. You’ll see hanger-and-ring anchors at the base of a wide dihedral with a black streak down it, just below a small bush. Approximately 75 feet.

P2 Make a tenuous couple of moves through some crumbly rock to the first bolt and then continue up through seven more bolts of better rock. The crux is a small overhang after the last bolt, then onto a ledge with the anchors. Approximately 80 feet.

P3 Follow the first three bolts, angling slightly left and then bear right a bit for the next couple of bolts. Pass to the right of a gnarled juniper and follow the last two bolts up a shallow trough. Continue in line with the final two bolts to the chains. Approximately 100 feet.

To belay the second up P3 you’ll probably want to extend from the chains a few feet to stand comfortably on a ledge.

Descend via three single-rope rappels.


Located on the darker quartzite above the left side of The Jobsite. Climb one of the four right-most bolted routes on the left side (the two left-most routes won’t work).


P1 9 to 10 bolts (depending on the route chosen), hanger-and-ring anchors
P2 8 bolts, hanger-and-ring anchors
P3 8 bolts, hanger-and-chain anchors

A single 60m rope is sufficient.

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I think this is the second pitch.
I think this is the second pitch.
John Ross, belaying at the base of the second pitch (the first pitch of <em>Snatch</em> proper).
John Ross, belaying at the base of the second pitc...
15 Snatch 5.9
BETA PHOTO: 15 Snatch 5.9
View from the top of the second pitch.
View from the top of the second pitch.
John Ross, belaying at the top of the last pitch.
John Ross, belaying at the top of the last pitch.
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By Tristan Higbee
From: Cambodia
Mar 9, 2008

Did this route yesterday with Christian and Bret. Some loose rock, but hey, that's what you get on that side of the canyon. The second pitch is the best. We thought the anchors at the top of the third pitch were in a pretty lousy position--makes pulling the ropes difficult on rappel. A fun climb that I'll do again.

By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Mar 16, 2008

The loose stuff can mostly be avoided. Really nice ledges at every belay. The start of each pitch is really fun. Then end of the second pitch is the crux but is really easy to climb around it by climbing a big flake to the left. Going this way keeps the overall rating below 5.9. Would be nice if the last anchor had a chain over the lip to hgelp alieviate rope drag when pulling the ropes after the first rap.

By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Mar 26, 2008

I've been told that Christian added some chains to the top pitch anchors.

By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Apr 17, 2008

I did this again and led the top pitch (which I'd followed before). I inadvertently skipped the fourth bolt on that pitch because I didn't see it. So...if you get above the third bolt and you think things are getting a bit run out, look around for a bolt. Based on my experience it's a wee bit difficult to find.

I also updated the description a bit to account for the chain extension to the top anchors.

By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Apr 17, 2008

Thanks, Christian. I've updated the description. I did it with my "70m", which is actually about 66m, and it looked close based on that. I didn't want to mislead anyone since I've not done it with a 60m.

By Andrew Seegmiller
From: Orem UT
Mar 13, 2010

Agreed with tristan on this one. the chain placement at the top of pitch 3 were absolutely terrible. but its worth it for the second pitch. loved it. CONDITION> i was up their yesterday 3/12/10 and their is a massive bees nest being built in the rock at the bottom of snatch (top of first pitch) the bees were swarming everywhere. we rapped of a different climb to avoid going right through them BEWARE!!!

By John Ross
From: Wasatch Front, UT
Mar 17, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I started up the second pitch today and went over to take a look at the "massive bee nest". Just a few honey bees doing what they do naturally...starting a new honey hive. The hive was barely a start but it was evident there is a hive there every year. Honey bees are a good, necessary part of nature. No need for fear and panic. =) If you overcame any fear of heights to get up this high, shouldn't be too hard to overcome any fear of bees! LOL! BTW, the hive is far enough from the belay spot that you might see some activity. But unless you have a bad allergy to bees just observe and enjoy. The natural rappel line is away from the hive too so it is easy to avoid on the way back down.

Here is a honey bee hive that I came across last summer while hiking in Dry Canyon. I was startled at first, but they could care less about me and went about their bizzy work.

<a href='/v/dry-canyon/106332246'>Dry Canyon</a> Bee Hive
Dry Canyon Bee Hive

<a href='/v/dry-canyon/106332246'>Dry Canyon</a> Bee Hive Close-up
Dry Canyon Bee Hive Close-up

<a href='/v/dry-canyon/106332246'>Dry Canyon</a> Bee Hive Zoomed-in <br /> <br />Looks like someone/something harvested some of the hive?
Dry Canyon Bee Hive Zoomed-in

Looks like someone/something harvested some of the hive?

By Christopher Sorensen
From: Provo, UT
Mar 23, 2010

You need to be careful of bees. They can be a serious hazard. Feel free to watch this short informational video on the dangers posed by bees.