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The Spine 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c [details]
Season: All
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Submitted By: James M Schroeder on Jul 30, 2009
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This short, but appealing crack/chimney, protects well and would make a good introduction to climbing or leading. Start in cleft above tree using both walls to ascend.

Variation 5.6: Start from the Acid Rock start ledge and diligently avoid the right-hand wall while focusing your attention on the crack in the left-hand wall. If it was longer and not an eliminate this variation would be a four star route.


Look for the obvious cleft/chimney just to the right of Acid Rock and above the tree next to the Acid Rock start ledge.


The Spine takes good gear. A set of Stoppers and small cams works well.

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the spine easy but over all a quick fun climb for anyone
the spine easy but over all a quick fun climb for ...
Burt on "The Spine"
Burt on "The Spine"
Looking down on Eric as he works The Spine on a very balmy warm day despite it being heart of winter in the midwest.  1-10-12. <br />
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By Forestvonsinkafinger
From: Iowa
Sep 7, 2010

A set of nuts will sew this up in three pieces. Agreed that it is a good instruction route, infinite pro possibilities and easy anchor set up. Using the right wall takes the fun of the crack out.

By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Oct 17, 2010
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c

Led this beast today! Awesome gear!

By Doug Hemken
Oct 18, 2010

In the 1970 "Climbers and Hikers Guide" this was rated F5, and eliminating the right wall was F6 (the "Acid" start). Whatever the rating, a great little climb!

By mike526
From: schaumburg
Mar 18, 2012

Did This climb yesterday thought it had an interesting start for a 5.4 but very fun.