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YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b

Type: Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Rob Turan
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Feb 24, 2008
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Clamber up a large hunk of rock at the base of the wall to reach your first clip, and the start of the 5th-class climbing. Weave your way up the intimidating, overhanging face. Gloriously exposed, with a great view of the creek.


The tall section of wall immediately before the wire hand-line leading into the Solstice Cave. Spawn goes straight up the middle of the face.


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Scott giving hell to "Spawn".
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By yevquest
From: Southeast,US
Feb 26, 2008

Did something break on this route? I always get spawn and shadowhawk confused but I recall one being 5.9 and one being 10a. South Clear's grades are cushy enough without more grade inflation.

To end on a positive note, both spawn and shadowhawk are cool, long, fairly engaging moderate routes with nice views. Thanks for adding.

By Chuck Parks
From: Atlanta, GA
May 13, 2008

Interesting: I checked, and the old Dixie Cragger's has this route listed as a 10a, whereas the new book has it at 10c/d.

I've only climbed it once, but when I did the 10c rating felt like it was in line with the rest of the grades in the South Clear. Now, whether the ratings in South Clear are soft is an entirely different matter...

By Keegan Dimmick
From: Winchester, VA
Jan 6, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

I just climbed it two days ago and I definitely think 10a is appropriate.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 25, 2010
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b

better than its neighbor and well worth doing, despite the awkward opening section. the upper wall is fun and engaging with good holds.

By Blake Allen Green
Mar 21, 2011

I've not gotten the chance yet, but last time I was on it I saw bomber gear placements on the whole route. Looks like wires and small to medium cams. I'm looking forward to the retro lead soon on a quality route. If anyone else does it let me know how it goes; I think it would add to the already great climbing

By Josh S. Brown
Jan 9, 2012

Just uploaded a picture of Spawn hope it does it justice.

By brian k sohn
From: knoxville, tn
Feb 24, 2012

Hey Blake,
I led it on gear. I used cams and tri-cams, and one nut down low. Nothing bigger than a number 1 camalot is necessary. It was even funner than usual!

By Rachael429
From: Chattanooga, TN
Oct 23, 2012

This is a good cool down climb on the way out of south clear.