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The Bends (a.k.a. Decompression Sickness) 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Jonathan Siegrist, July, 2010
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Jonathan Siegrist on Jul 18, 2010

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Sometimes when you go up too far, too fast, you experience decompression sickness...and without proper caution, this route is bound to induce it. This is an extension to 'Serpant's Rising'- clip a long sling (important) on the first bolt (after Serpant's) before firing into the stunning, upper headwall. This overhanging finish features awesome movement on a variety of grips - one of the best routes at The Crags. Clipping the third draw is tough, but safe, with an attentive belayer.


This is a mega extension to 'Serpant's Rising', to the right of 'High Tide'.


15 draws, including a long sling for the 11th bolt. A 70M ROPE IS REQUIRED! unless you lower from the anchors of Serpant's.

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By Chris. T.
Jul 11, 2012

A classic Crags route for sure. The overhanging finish offers very fun movement on great stone. Breaking it up into 2 pitches seemed appropriate.

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