Type: Sport
FA: Chris Smith 11/98
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Shared By: lee hansche on May 29, 2007
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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Looking up you wouldn't know what a cool climb this is.... I also couldn't judge how challenging it would be.... From the bottom, it looked like a steep slab, but once on it, it seemed vertical with super-techy climbing (which I always enjoy)...Basically having to adjust and readjust my foot work for every hand move on the second half of the route...A great test of mid-grade technical 5.10 climbing....

The start is no harder than 5.8, lulling you in to a false sense of security.... You then hit the upper headwall where things get steeper and more challenging.... This section involves tiny crimps, sidepulls, underclings, and even slopers...even clipping the chains presents a challenge cause the hard climbing won't let up once it starts....


2nd route right of the obvious black chimney of Smokestack (5.9), starting under a tree growing out of the cliff 10 feet up....


7 bolts to quick clips....


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Adam Conroy
Cambridge, MA
Adam Conroy   Cambridge, MA
Really great description of the route, Lee. This is one of my favorite climbs and everyone who wants an interesting, varied, 10 to climb should get on it. One note: the lower section has some dishes that can hold water for a long time so just watch out for that as you're making the 5.8 scramble to the slabby area. May 7, 2012
Nick Grant
Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Nick Grant   Natick, MA & Tamworth, NH
Superb, delicate mid-range climbing up the Ten of Spades arete! How would this be for the all-time greatest New England hypothetical 5.10 sport climb/face climb: Climb Ten of Spades which would lead into the Lonesome Dove arete which would finish up the Skunks in the Gym face. Ahhh . . . 5.10 heaven. Aug 14, 2014
Ian Grant
Ian Grant   Cambridge
One of my favorites. Tensiony climbing. Don't be discouraged if the bottom is dripping. May 1, 2015
Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
Really good description, Lee. This climb is superb. Very aesthetic on high-quality stone. I like the sandstone analogy. Also felt like the Gunks for some reason (position I guess). Jul 20, 2017
S. Neoh
S. Neoh  
Solid at the grade, as one would expect of Smitty routes. No small crimps or slopers for hands for me though. Ladybugs were swarming the top 1/3 of the climb today (possibly expected in the Fall). Clipping the anchors was not trivial with not-so-great feet. 2.5 stars from me. Oct 14, 2017