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By david doucette
Feb 12, 2014
Top of Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree NP.

I'm looking for a Snake Dike partner in April/May. My sched is fairly flexible. I could even do a Wednesday. I prefer someone who has done it before because of the runout. I have not done it before but have always wanted to. I'm a solid 5.6 jtree climber with self rescue skills.

thanks, david


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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Feb 12, 2014

TL;DR of your post = need a rope gun for 5.6r
TL;DR of my post = no you dont.

If your can do any/all old school 5.6 on lead you can do snake dike. The undercling/ slab crux on the first pitch is easy and super protected. The 2nd pitch "crux" of like 2-3 5.6 slab moves that is 10ft maybe past the bolt is easy. The rest is 5.4 if even that, sure there is a 100ft run out but you are on a low angle rock ladder. You'd be better off hiking, biking, and running a ton for the real crux of the climb, the approach and descent.


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By Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Feb 12, 2014
Mt. Agassiz

NorCalNomad wrote:
TL;DR of my post = no you dont.


Judging by the ticks on his profile, that may not be the case. "Moderate" is relative.


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By mark felber
From Frisco, CO,USA
Feb 12, 2014

Like NorCalNomad says, the runouts are there but the angle is very low. Once you're past the "crux", the climb is a fun, low angle rock ladder, and the crux isn't bad either.


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By david doucette
Feb 12, 2014
Top of Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree NP.

Thanks for the feedback guys. I've read a lot about the climb and I'm not THAT worried about it in terms of leading it. But I also don't want to get up there and realize it's not my day (i.e. mentally speaking). Which is the reason I'm looking for a partner who has done it.

Not worried about the approach, I'm in shape.


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