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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type: Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Jan 3, 2010
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Gave this a "Great" rating just for P1. P2 is okay. Can rap from the top of P1 with a 60 meter rope. Don't let the 5.9 rating scare you away as it applies to the P1 variation and is well protected.

P1 5.8R?: Trend left over ledges, then up and back right to first lone bolt (run-out). Then move right and up to a nice left-trending finger crack with good pro on easier terrain. At end of this crack find bolt above and continue up to a horizontal weakness with gear placements. Make a move or two left along the weakness and then up past another bolt and beyond to gear anchors with chains. 30 meters. (note: I have not done the run-out start to the first bolt and deduce it from historical beta provided by others MP.com users)

P1 Var, ~5.9 (perhaps part of a different route): To the right of the original P1 start, climb up past the line of four bolts (crux 5.9). Then trend left and up to the nice left-trending finger crack with good pro. Finish P1 as above.

P2, 5.6: Climb up and a little left from the anchor. Find what pro you can while continuing up and trending just a little more left to the bottom of a gully. Felt 5.6 and run-out but may have passed up an opportunity for gear placement (i.e., maybe a ~4 inch cam or, alternatively, a ~1/2 inch cam?). Ascend the gully to the top. Less than 30 meters.


We started roughly 50 feet uphill from the direct start to Red Wall route, beneath four safely spaced bolts (P1 Var). See this Photo.


With the sporty start we did, we encountered 6 bolts on the first pitch but the 5.8 leader will want to supplement with gear 1/2 to 1 inch. No bolts on P2 with some runout on 5.6 terrain; see p2 description for possible gear sizes to protect the 5.6 terrain.

I recall at least one of the P1 "bolts" having a star pattern on the head of the nail - probably one of the last two bolts. Star Dryvin nail-and-sleeve bolts have this pattern and have inferior strength. Back it up!

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Some two pitch routes on Red Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Some two pitch routes on Red Wall.
First bolt of the original start of Spiderman
BETA PHOTO: First bolt of the original start of Spiderman
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By Steve Hattenbach
Feb 4, 2010

Star drive in bolts on Spiderman were retro'd in recent years (same holes used for new 3/8" bolts).