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Cobra Strike 

YDS: 5.14b French: 8c Ewbanks: 33 UIAA: X+ ZA: 33 British: E9 7b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.14b French: 8c Ewbanks: 33 UIAA: X+ ZA: 33 British: E9 7b [details]
FA: Ben Spannuth, Equipped by Will Anglin
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Jun 12, 2009

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I bolted this on Easter of 2009. Ben Spannuth perfected his cobra strike to snag the FA on May 2, 2012.

It is a difficult and high quality climb. It has 5 bolts of 30 degree overhung granite to a topout. Pinches, crimps, slopers, underclings, mantles, crazy tension moves, dynos, it's all here. Bring your 'A' game!

Jump start to the jug horn and mantle to clip the first bolt. Defy gravity and stand up into a small thumb undercling, and then press into a larger undercling to clip bolt #2. Then climb a V7 boulder problem straight into a V10 boulder problem with a stopper deadpoint right at the lip. Grab the incut over the lip, mantle, and climb unprotected 5.8 slab to the chains.

The higher you go on the slab, the easier it gets, but if you fall, you'll hit the ground. I didn't put a bolt on the slab because the lip is pretty darn sharp and could cut the rope. If you make it to the slab, you shouldn't fall though.... It is not recommended to lower from the chains, that would kill your rope (remember the sharp lip...). Instead, untie and walk off.


Climb the large black streak up the center of The Project Wall.


5 bolts to anchors.

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By Ellis Whitson
From: Nomadia, Gypsyville
Jul 2, 2010

Fate is no longer in heaven, ehh?
I still think about this climb and how awesome it is.
By Kegan Minock
From: colorado springs
Jan 28, 2011

Maybe when it gets warmer I'll be more motivated to try it. First couple moves are boring (me being a dynamic climber), but past the 2nd draw looks doable for me after projecting it for a while.
By Jamie Estep
From: Crested Butte, CO
May 3, 2012

Congrats on sending it. This wall always looks deceivingly vertical until you get under or to the side of it.
By chris righter
Jun 7, 2016
rating: 5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b

Finally sent this 18 move sprint after falling at the last deadpoint more times than I can count. Awesome climb! Really hard to rate, since it borders on being a boulder problem.

I spoke with the landowner, and he said that it is OK to access the route by parking at Bambis Trail and hiking up and over the ridge. There is a pretty well worn game trail that branches to the left about 400 ft up Bambis that takes you to the saddle just above the route. It's a 10 min hike at most. Do not park at the bottom of the wash, where you can see the route from the road, and do not go over the fence and hike up this wash. If the owner catches you, he will not be psyched, and this may jeopardize access. Make sure to check for ticks!

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