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BETA PHOTO: Sidewinder.
This route follows the crack that weaves back and forth between Ladybug (5.8) and Boardwalk (5.5). Then about 3/4 of the way up the crack ends and Sidewinder continues straight up to the top.
This route is located on the practice face between Ladybug and Boardwalk. There are fixed bolts at the top for building TR anchors or rappelling. Rappel or walk off to the right.
There is good protection for the first half of the climb. The second half has some placements available in horizontals and cracks off to the side.
From: Worcester, MA
Jun 11, 2012
Easiest 5.7 at Crow Hill. Very fun start where the 5.7 climbing ends after about 25-30 feet, then it's pretty much 5.3 to the topout.
|By J Meagher|
Nov 14, 2012
Easy 5.7? At Rumney, this would get a solid 5.8! Anyways, excellent face climb with some interesting balance moves. The crux for me was getting the jug/flake about 1/3 of the way up. It was very wet in the last 8 feet on 11/10, but that was probably due to the snow on the Thursday before.
|By S. Neoh|
Nov 17, 2012
Can't compare grades between areas and eras, especially between a predominantly sport area and a relatively old school area. Want even harder 5.7 routes? I got a few at The Gunks to recommend. :)
From: Worcester, MA
Dec 22, 2012
Definitely easier than Franny's Folly, Post Road, or Outersite (original finnish).... I agree that you can't really compare grades between areas in New England. Though the jug move is a little height-dependent, it's probably the only 5.7 move on the climb by Crow Hill standards.
S. Neoh: Gunks RULE!! Did a three day trip out there this year to do as many classic 5.6 climbs as possible, and ALL of them were much harder that Sidewinder :)
|By Tyler Newcomb|
Dec 26, 2012
This is an awesome route! I'm a 5.8/5.9 climber, and I think this was more like a 5.8. The crux section is about halfway up the wall, and I found going to the right was easier. Overall, great route as a warmup or for beginners. The solid D bolts at the top make for a fast and easy set up. I agree with J. Meagher about the crux.