5.7 YDS 5a French 15 Ewbanks V+ UIAA 13 ZA MVS 4b British
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|Type:||Trad, 180 ft (55 m), 2 pitches|
|FA:||Steve Strauch, Danny Gates 1969|
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|Shared By:||Karsten Duncan on Feb 2, 2006 · Updates|
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Spiderman is one of the great moderate trad climbs at Smith. This crack on the tuft is surprisingly solid and has some surprisingly exciting moves for such a moderately graded climb.
Pitch 1: 5.6 Begin on the right side of a large ramp. Climb up a right angling crack to a bolted anchor on the left. . . or continue on and link up pitch 2
Pitch 2: 5.7 Continue up the hand crack in the dihedral above. Belay at bolt anchors on the face.
Pitch 3: 5.7 From the belay move right into a seam that quickly opens into a fingercrack. Take this crack to the improbable roof. Pull the roof and continue up easy climbing to a chain anchor on top. Watch rope drag!
Alternate Pitch 3: This easier but less popular variation lacks the luster of the regular finish. From the belay you can take the crack heading up and left avoiding the roof.
Descent: You can rappel the route with two ropes but pulling the ropes can be nasty.
A walk-off descent to climber's right requires a bit of scrambling but is potentially less hassle.