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Two Rattlers in Your Face 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Jan 2, 2015

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Two Rattlers topo, Laurel Knob, NC.


P1 - Climb up the crack/flake eventually working right past two bolts. Continue face climbing/slabbing past a bolt and a bolt right at a mossy ledge. Build a belay at a horizontal with medium to large gear when you run out of rope. You will be about 20 feet shy of a pine tree (Peter Young Tree) - or simul to the tree. P2 - Climb up the featured slab/watergroove past a couple of bolts and some gear to a bolted belay. (This pitch may be wet)

Descent - rap to the anchors down and right on Shimer Down at the top of 2nd pitch and continue 2 more raps to the ground. See topo.


Shared start with Laurel's Snake Dike - Behind a tree at at flake/crack system. About 20 left left of Shimer Down.


Some bolts and a standard Laurel Rack.

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By JoeLovenshimer
Jan 8, 2015

Thanks for posting the route Jeff. A bit of background on the route and name: Just before Mike Fischesser, Brad Wilson, and I bolted this, Mike was poking around in a some mountain laurel just above the apron looking for some old tat or pins only to find out that his face was inches from a pissed off timber rattler. Instead of being freaked out from nearly logging a rattlesnake bite to the face, Mike started raving about how 30 years earlier he and Terry Jennings were at about the same spot (looking for the "Old Lost Peter Young Route") when Terry found himself face to face with a rattler after climbing up to the ledge. From here, naming the route got pretty simple.

Also, the moderate first pitch slabbing and second pitch grooving are, like many of the routes in this area, great introductions to Laurel. Hopefully the new trail and new information will help give these routes a little more traffic.

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