Type: Sport
FA: Eric Ulner '91
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Shared By: Coleman M on Nov 25, 2007
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The physical crux is down low, but the mental crux is the upper slab. Pull a couple easy moves to the crux. Pull over the lip to super thin and technical slab climbing at it's finest.


twenty feet right of Big Wall Greg's Chicken Shack


Around five bolts.


FA: Eric Ulner '91 Nov 6, 2009
This is a classic technical slab! Nov 28, 2010
Sandbagged! The feet are poor at the second bolt; falling guarantees a deck. Once you're over the roof (10d?), the hands disappear and there are no feet (11a?). Every single move on Venom was at least 5.10d. FWIW, I fell twice on this route, yet onsighted:
The Reckoning (5.12a)
Wild at Heart (11b)
Barbarians at the Gate (12a)
Blue Velvet (11+)
The Drifter (11a)
Yuppie with a Gun (11a)
Piss Ant (11b), &
Stinger Direct (11a/b)

In general, Jackson Falls grading seems arbitrary; for example, how is the completely horizontal roof route Who Let the Snakes Out a 5.10b?

Overall, enjoyed the climbing, but the grading was generally arbitrary. Aug 31, 2015
Daniel Hogan  
great climb. took a while to get the send. the upper slab is where i had the most problems. so glad to have checked this in my guide book! Dec 28, 2015
This is a solid 10a, but it can highly technical and a little bit of beta can go a long way. This would be the ideal route for someone trying to hone their technical skills instead of just powering through all the climbs. A definite So. Ill. classic. Apr 1, 2018