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Todd Lane leads Sidewinder~
The bolted climb just right of Straight Shooter. A difficult crux (reachy), and off-balance face climbing reminscent of Eldo. Not bad, but there are better things to climb in this area.
Mostly draws as I recall.
Boris Lukana on Sidewinder
|By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?|
Feb 17, 2006
What an awesome climb! Crimpy and balancy and super fun! Shares an anchor with Straight Shooter. Don't leave the S.S. Wall without leading or T.R.'ing this one! If leading: Small gear helpful to protect the moves until the first bolt.
|By Ian Wolfe|
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 23, 2006
Wow. Redefined my notion of "thin", "balancy", and "delicate" climbing. Very fun once you figure out the moves (which took me a while!).
|By Russ Walling|
Feb 14, 2007
Sorta contrivo and forced. Did it two different ways and neither was all that natural. Drop a TR on it if you are doing Straight Shooter.
|By Darshan Ahluwalia|
From: Petaluma, CA
Jan 23, 2008
This is a hard slab climb which involves big moves to small holds. There really isn't much smearing involved as one poster mentions, its more edging. The climb is technical and much more difficult to lead than toprope. It helps significantly if you are flexible!
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 20, 2009
quite good, but seems like going to the second bolt on lead would be pretty spooky. tricky and well worth the TR after SS.
Jan 28, 2011
I actually led this one last weekend and didn't think it was too reachy, and I am 5 feet even. Maybe that inspires some confidence in the shorter folk. Good climb, makes ya feel like a ballerina.
|By Rob Fielding|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 25, 2012
TR'd this one today, thought it was great! I agree with some of the others that it's a little contrived because you can bail to the right after the 3rd or 4th bolt, but it's still fun.
The 2nd bolt is a little tricky to get to with some 5.11 moves, but with a good belayer you won't deck.
Apparently a undercling came off the route, and it's now a 5.11cish route. Really sustained with technical moves/sequences the entire way up.
|By Killing In The Name Of|
Jan 26, 2012
Russ might be right about the contrived feeling on this one, but it's pretty damn fun, anyway! Since the big hold broke, I guess people are calling this .11c, I'm not sure on that, but it's a tough onsight for sure. A couple of different ways to do it, either way, heads up getting to the 2nd bolt, and don't cheat over to the crack on the right!
|By Burt Lindquist|
From: Madison, WI
Apr 9, 2012
It's the 4th bolt that's tough to get to now that the flake undercling is broke. I lead this about 4 years ago (?? can't remember exactly) and then it was not real desperate climbing and/or clipping a bolt anywhere along the route but in it's present state it's the move above the 3rd bolt getting into position to clip that 4th bolt that is quite stout and technical.
May 7, 2013
onsighted it today, small things, cool. second bold is not the difficult one to clip more the third and fourth when you are high enough not to deck anymore....