The Bends (a.k.a. Decompression Sickness)
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BETA PHOTO: The Bends is wicked.
Sometimes when you go up too far, too fast, you experience decompression sickness...and without proper caution, this route is bound to induce it. This is an extension to 'Serpant's Rising'- clip a long sling (important) on the first bolt (after Serpant's) before firing into the stunning, upper headwall. This overhanging finish features awesome movement on a variety of grips - one of the best routes at The Crags. Clipping the third draw is tough, but safe, with an attentive belayer.
A mega extension to 'Serpant's Rising', to the right of 'High Tide'.
15 draws, including a long sling for the 11th bolt. A 70M ROPE IS REQUIRED! unless you lower from the anchors of Serpant's.
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|By Kaelen Williams|
Sep 7, 2010
This would get all four stars if it didn't have a big ledge in the middle. As it is, it might as well be done in two pitches to reduce rope drag, which is significant at the top. Really good climbing the whole way, especially the top part.
From: Longmont, Co.
Jul 11, 2012
A classic Crags route for sure. The overhanging finish offers very fun movement on great stone. Breaking it up into 2 pitches seemed appropriate.