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"Woody's Variation" T 
Bitter Brew T 
Cotton Mouth T 
Eyes of Amber (aka Chivalry's not Dead) T 
Harrell-Turner T 
Liver is Evil and Must Be Punished, The T 
Mumbling Bee T 
Serpent Scales S 
Shank, The S 
Snakes in the Grass S 
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Water Moccasin S 
Wheat Chex T 
Willit Slab S 

Serpent Scales 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Mark J. Nelson on Oct 29, 2002

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The climber is about 1/3 up the climb.


Locate Water Moccasin (5.7); this is the well-bolted, left-arching friction route climbing the right edge of the brown section of the wall. To the right of Water Moccasin is a lighter section of rock, with a steep section at the bottom. The Harrell-Turner route (5.10b) ascends the center of this section of rock.

Serpent Scales climbs past four bolts (the last slightly off to the right) along the "scales," which are splotchy, brown patina plates along the right side of the lighter section of rock.

A 50m rope is just sufficient to get you back to the ground.


Four bolts to a chain anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: "Serpent Scales". Photo by Blitzo.
"Serpent Scales". Photo by Blitzo.

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By Ken Lawrence
Oct 25, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Like climbing a ladder...
By Matt N
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 18, 2011

I imagine it feels/is harder for shorter climbers.
By cconradd
From: Washougal, WA
May 23, 2014

Super fun 5.6. Sort of a hard start, it was harder for my wife who is short, but she got it. Nice views of the desert valley from the top.

The 4th bolt is to the upper right of the route and cannot be seen from the ground. The anchor is hidden on the boulder on the top of the route. All bolts and anchors were in good shape, 5/22/14.

Rock Climbing Photo: Right below the 2nd bolt looking down.
Right below the 2nd bolt looking down.

Rock Climbing Photo: Rope running from the anchor.
Rope running from the anchor.
By Tobin Story
From: Woodinville, WA
Nov 18, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Route is easy to follow and has great moves on positive holds. Harder before the second bolt, then eases up on juggy holds to the top. Bolts and anchor in good shape.
By Royce Robertson
From: Joshua Tree, California
Oct 9, 2016

There's a huge chunk of rock at the top (easily 1,000+ lb) which seems nearly ready to break off as of 10/4/16.

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