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Spiders & Snakes 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Bruce Burgess & Chris Caldwell - 1988
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Steep face to cruxy slab move making the transition?


Left end of big slab that is located to the right of the breakdown gulley. Immediately right of Love Wig



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BB. on FA of Spiders & Snakes loving the Hooks!
BB. on FA of Spiders & Snakes loving the Hooks!
Bruce working on S & S January 1988.
Bruce working on S & S January 1988.
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Sep 25, 2011

Bruce Burgess and I did this first using a small tree at the bottom for the starting protection then got hooks and placed the bolts maybe around 1988. It never had an R rating!
C Caldwell

Oct 30, 2011

FA. was actually done during Winter of 1988 ground up by Bruce Burgess & Chris Caldwell.

By Bennett Harris
From: Charlotte, NC
Dec 11, 2011

I felt that this was a very sustained climb, with a few "cruxy" sections and some heady difficult moves high above bolts. Take a small cam or two for the very top.

By BruceBurgessNC
Dec 31, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

Climbed this again for the first time in a good while. Holy Smokes! I admit. I'm biased, but damned if this isn't the one of most amazing free climbable slices of stone in NC. The route ain't mine, it's the earth's. I just drilled the bolts (with a lot of help and coaching from my mentor Chris Caldwell).

By Jamie Ervin
Jan 1, 2013

I totally agree with you Bruce! I hangdogged this thing yesterday and I'm still thinking about it. One question: does the route traverse over to the first bolt from the left or does it start on the arete to the right of the bolt? I tried both ways and found them both to be pretty difficult.

By BruceBurgessNC
Jan 6, 2013
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

I start way left at a crack and gun for it. Haven't done the direct start, but if I did, I'd just stick clip the 2nd bolt.