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Snake Bite 

YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Peter Croft, 1989
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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Apr 4, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: From the base of the climb. Fun finger crack!

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About 4 colums left of AC Devil Dog, there is a thin crack that goes over a small roof. This is Snake Bite.

The climbing starts as 5.8 stemming then pulls the small roof (5.10-) then the crux section pulls a very thin crack for about 10 feet until larger holds present themselves.


Solid to medium pro is needed to protect the crack. Placements are pretty easy.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Moving into the layback section on Snake Bite.  Ph...
Moving into the layback section on Snake Bite. Ph...
Rock Climbing Photo: Micha taking the Snake by the neck and bites it ba...
Micha taking the Snake by the neck and bites it ba...
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting into the fingers on Snake Bite.   Photo: J...
Getting into the fingers on Snake Bite. Photo: J...

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By dean fleming
From: sonora ca
Feb 18, 2006

gear is hard to place when laybacking the last portion of the route. the crack up there is wierd too.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Nov 25, 2006

I did this on TR, but found the finger crack so sharp and painful that I avoided using it as much as possible and used neighboring face holds instead (big decrease in difficulty). Leading this would be tough with the painful jams and fiddly gear - the crack is very weird.
By tallmark515
From: San Francisco
Mar 16, 2009
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

crux for me was also the last portion of the route in the laybacking section. Got a good stance at the bottom, placed 3 marginal pieces of gear (gear is kinda funky, crack has lots of crystals on the inside), the best of the three was a yellow alien. I tried firing to the top twice and fell twice, then made some funky moves and hit the godsend jug at the top. Sick route... deserves more stars.
By David Urnes Johnson
Feb 27, 2017
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Two crux sections. The first a little after you are established in the finger crack after the roof, especially if you stay in the crack and don't use the sidepull on the right crack. Second, at the top where the easiest is to lieback. The fingerjams are not (too) painful. I did not use tape, but left no blood in the crack. The crack does have some small knobs inside it, but the gear is bummer! The route is well protected and super fun. Get on it!
By mpech
Jun 12, 2017

i thought this climb was more fun and interesting than raw hide... wish it was longer

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