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Black Widow 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Geoff Archer and Doug Aagesen, November 1986
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 1, 2005

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BETA PHOTO: Wooly Spider Boulder, Joshua Tree NP

Description 

Visible on the drive in on the right end of the Wooly Spider Boulder, 20' right of an unpleasant-looking wide crack.

Make your way to the base (shared with an evil Cat Claw Acacia Tree) and climb a grainy, right-slanting, flared hand crack to it's end, cursing as you try and go up as the thorns try and hold you back. Mantle the top of the crack and clip a bolt, then make grainy friction moves up, up and up to reach a protruding dark knob which is mantled to reach the second bolt. A fall above the first bolt would land one directly into the evil tree, which I suppose adds more incentive not to fall. More grainy slab climbing concludes this lovely climb.

A real pile and not at all recommendable, but it would be a lot better if the tree was trimmed back some. As is it's a totally unpleasant experience. Minus one star out of five.

Protection 

2 bolts, pro to 2.5"


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Rock Climbing Photo: "Black Widow". Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Black Widow". Photo by Blitzo.

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