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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.
Burt on "The Spine"
Eric on The Spine on T-shirt weather day (well... ...
Looking down on Eric as he works The Spine on a ve...
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!
Mar 18, 2012
Did This climb yesterday thought it had an interesting start for a 5.4 but very fun.