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The Return of Chris Snyder 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: porter jarrard, mike norman, 1992.
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Submitted By: max seigal on Sep 5, 2007

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Matt Kuehl coming out of the bathang rest.

Access to GFNP (Roadside) REQUIRES a Daily Permit MORE INFO >>>

Permit Required 

***Climbers MUST NOT climb at GFNP without a daily permit per person in each group.*** This route is privately owned and requires a daily per-user permit obtained from the Graining Fork Nature Preserve website.
This isn't about just you getting away with climbing for a day without a permit--this is about the climbing community respecting private land to ensure continued access privileges. Don't be selfish--get a permit.


Begin on a short flake and slab up to a roof. Bust through the roof then climb about 65 more feet on overhanging pockets.


walk past the wet amplitheater, around a corner to a bolted line on the left of a crack below a massive pocketed face.


12 bolts, 2 bolt anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling over the roof above the flake and into the...
Pulling over the roof above the flake and into the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Return of Chris Snyder- 11d.
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Pulling the first ledge of Chris Snyder. The hold...

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By TravisMelin
From: Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
Nov 15, 2007

super classic, love the no hands rests, bat hanging etc....
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 14, 2012

This route is sooo sick that I stopped at Roadside Crag to use this as a warmup for climbs at other areas. This is jug hauling at it's best and the whip at the top should you choose to take it is fairly large(similar to Tuna Town) at the Lode. I hope roadside is opened next time I go back so I can do this route again!!!!
By tscupp
From: Englewood, CO
May 22, 2015
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Amazing route and best of the grade that I've been on at the red. While it is mostly a jug haul what separates it from most other climbs is the variety of movement and hold positions. Underclings and pinches with great thumb catches will see you to the top. The only minor detractors are a wet start and one damp hold in the roof. Don't miss this route!
By RPariser
Jun 2, 2015

This thing just doesn't end! Super fun, tough pocket climb, although I would certainly not call it a jug haul. Like most of the Red, many of the holds are only good if you use them a certain way, and not necessarily the way you think you should at first. STICK CLIP, since the start is muddy and wet, and be aware that the jug in the first roof is damp and gross. Also, THERE ARE TWELVE BOLTS on this climb.
By Sean H
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 18, 2017
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I found this was a great route to practice sequencing (as I certainly had to in order to red point.)

I also would rarely upgrade a climb, but if I were to, I'd probably pick this (at 12a) and Crown of Thorns (at 11d vs. 11c) out of everything I tried at the Red.

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