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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Jeff Thomas, Doug Phillips, Greg Phillips, 1974
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Submitted By: JohnK on Sep 26, 2007

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Cling On is a three pitch route but most parties only climb the first pitch (5.8). The crux of the first pitch is making the first few moves to the obvious handholds in the huecos. Pitch two climbs up (5.9) and then out right on a traverse (5.5)to the first belay of The Snake. Pitch three (5.9) ascends the upper pitch of The Snake.


The left-facing book about 70 feet north of Snake Rock in an alcove.


Gear to 4 inches if climbing entire route. Gear to 2 inches if only climbing first pitch.

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By rpc
Sep 27, 2007

"Pitch two climbs up (5.9) "

you might want to mention that there's a choice of 3 cracks (shitty wide one, good wide one, and good tight hands one) up there & all involve tiptoeing around a teetering block.
By berl
From: Seattle
Oct 30, 2009

not sure what you would do with only 2" gear once you get to the pockety stuff... you either have to get (larger) gear in behind the flake or run it out to the bolted anchor on top of the ledge.
By Obi
From: Portland, OR
Apr 27, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

1st pitch is extremely burly for a "5.8" and pumpy - not a route recommended for the novice leader.
By Carl Schaefer
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 13, 2017

at 5.8 the 1st pitch feels like a sandbag, with tiring stances below the huecos. The 1st pitch rap anchors are on the ledge just above the huecos, so the 1st pitch is short. Should be in the shade most of the time, except maybe late in the day during the summer.

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