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Routes in Sidewinder Rock - West Face
|Diamondback T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13|
|Invisible Touch T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Jumping Jack Crack T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|King Pin T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Kingsnake T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Sidewinder T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13|
|Skinny Dip T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Venucian Fece T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Type:||Trad, 70 ft|
|FA:||Kevin Worral & Eric Schoen, June 1974|
|Page Views:||8,724 total, 47/month|
|Shared By:||C Miller on Jul 14, 2002|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionBegin in the center of the formation at a left-facing flake and climb up this to a bolt. Thin face past the bolt (crux) leads into a left-arching crack system and then a vertical crack which ends at the obvious dike. Mantle up, clip a bolt and then make a long, thought-provoking traverse up and left until able to reach the top.
To descend downclimb/leap across a gap to reach a pinnacle with rap anchors located to the climber's left.
This is another semi-classic route to do and one that won't soon be forgotten. Not as scary as it looks, it's still fairly sporty and thus not recommended unless solid at the grade.
LocationApproach from Hidden Valley Campground by skirting along the south end of The Blob and then following a trail along the west face (passing Hobbit Roof) to the mouth of Steve Canyon. As an alternative park on the Quail Springs Road (the main road) and follow a trail leading east towards The Blob and Steve Canyon.
Sidewinder climbs face and cracks up to an obvious left-slanting dike system on the large west-facing formation at the mouth of Steve Canyon.