Elevation: 1,455 ft
GPS: 36.4, -80.26 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: S Tart on Apr 4, 2019
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

Description

Sky-Net is without a doubt the most radical climbing experience at Cooks Wall. Oddly enough it's formed very similar to a smaller version of the Cookbook. It consists of two adjacent walls with a small ledge system beneath it and has 9 routes from 5.11-5.12 on some of the highest quality overhung quartzite at Cooks. The ledge below the wall can hold a couple of climbing parties with minimal gear if everyone works together. The ledge is small with an abundance of slab around it so the usable area is limited. The approach is a long and exposed 200' 4th class scramble and the exit involves either a double rappel down the face (recommended) or a 100' free air rappel into the top of the Cookbook. So while the area is a mesmerizing anomaly, caution and awareness are the status quo so only experienced climbers should plan to climb here. Please also be extremely aware of knocking off any loose rocks while on these ledges because with any similar situation, climbers or hikers could be in the vicinity below you. There are several belay bolts that should be used because of the uneven terrain. This will protect the climber and belayer should anything unexpected happen. Typically the tail end of the rope should be used so that a lengthy tether can be used to get a little away from the base of the wall. 

Getting There

Hike to the Cookbook using the directions supplied on the Cookbook homepage. Thirty to 40' before entering the Cookbook, just before the trail goes uphill, look to your right and locate a trail that goes up and slightly back behind you funneling into a steep gully. At the top of this gully climb the obvious slab on your left. The slab is very featured with deep water grooves and staircases so there are several weaknesses but it's still a solo with a pack where weight can shift quickly and there's not much positive in the vicinity to grab so use caution. Also keep in mind that if the leader slips or knocks something off that the follower is in the line of fire. This seems basic until it happens so try to keep some distance and stay staggered.

Getting Out:  
Primary Descent - The primary rappel anchors are located at the very bottom of the right hand wall at it's lowest point, just right of Last Action Hero. Rappel 90' to a nice ledge. To the climber's right of the ledge, Rappel another 50' into the original ascent gully and walk down from here.
Secondary Descent - The main reason for using this rappel is to climb in the Upper Cookbook, otherwise the primary descent is the easiest. Walk to the extreme left side of the main wall (just left of the climb Skynet) and locate two anchors on a face at head height for a 90' free air rappel. needless to say, make sure both ends of the rope touch the top of the slab below. This lands you on the Cookbook slab just below the upper wall near Spiritual Warfare. If using this descent, once again keep the safety of others in mind by not dropping anything or knocking off any loose rock. Also, a long free air rappel with a heavy pack can be challenging so use proper techniques if necessary, such as lowering your packs separately, rappelling with your pack hanging beneath you or extending your ATC on a personal anchor system, which makes control while lowering much easier. If your pack is light there should be no problem but the extended rappel is still suggested for control as well as the fact that the ATC gets really hot on a free air rappel with a pack.

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