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Serpant's Rising 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Jonathan and Bob Siegrist
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Jonathan Siegrist on Jul 18, 2010

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This is a diverse and interesting climb, up a cool spine of stone that saves the best (and hardest) for last. Climb up a small dihedral, and reach right to clip the first bolt. Traverse onto the face and tackle an initial crux bulge, followed by a second one shortly after. From here, wander up some easy, fun face climbing to the base of a beautiful gold wall. This wall, albeit short, packs a punch- and will have you grippin' til you're clippin'! (anchors).


You begin this pitch from ground level, to the left of a large tree that sits right against the Lighthouse.


9 bolts to an anchor. 60m rope will do fine.

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By Bob Siegrist
Aug 5, 2010

Chain anchors have now been added to Serpents Rising. So enjoy!
By Top Rope Hero
From: Was Estes Park, now homeless
Jun 28, 2012

Wondering if going left at the first bulge goes? Bolts SEEM to suggest beta left, but follow chalk right for the road more travelled.

Some criticisms: The second bolt is overkill, as stepping one/two moves up to B3 is a 5.8 gimmie. Clipping B2 would also create unnecessary drag. B4 is just redonkulous, far easier to skip than to clip.

Not a criticism, but worthy of note: The last bolt is griptastically high. Let's not say it's 'runny,' but blowing the clip midway through that V2ish crux would surely mean crashing ankles on the headwall ledge below. DE-licious.

Overall, feels soft for a 'd' with the numerous and annoyingly paint-by-numbers tick marks. Would send much prouder naked. Still, a gem.

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