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R - pulling the alligator skin on Pit Viper. Photo...
The second buttress West of Wendell Spire holds three routes. Pit Viper runs up the middle. (N.B.: perhaps Tom Hanson can clarify. Sidewinder and Pit Viper names seem switched to me. Thus the description for Sidewinder may be the correct one for this route.)
Thin moves, long reaches through alligator skin characterize the climbing. For CWC, the rock on Pit Viper is pretty darn good and the climbing is challenging enough to keep one's attention right to the anchor. Regardless of the naming, this line offers no opportunity to stem off the crux.
Half a dozen draws and a rope.
|By Richard M. Wright|
From: Lakewood, CO
Jan 7, 2002
Re-running this route on 1/5/02 confirmed the solid 11c rating. The technical stuff entails one big move to huge incuts on the alligator skin.