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Austin Archer on the 10a extension of Venom
Venom is one of my personal favorites at Owens. It is a short little pitch but it packs a punch. The climbing is very interesting (and at times awkward) and a fun departure from the more common enduro-pumpfest.
Begin on the south-facing wall just around the corner from the Sendero Luminoso arete. This is the righthand of two lines that I believe share the same anchor. Climb up the somewhat insecure, right-leaning wide crack to the first clip (a bit spicy) and then begin working up a series of flakes and corners past a definite crux at mid-height.
|By Tavis Ricksecker|
From: Bishop, ca
Dec 22, 2009
A wee bit of steep fun choss in the beginning, then a definite crux sequence, followed by climbing that never really feels trivial, all the way to the anchor. :)
Mar 13, 2012
4 bolt extension added. Enjoyable 5.10a on clean rock. 35m from ground to top mussy hooks.
FA: Rick Ziegler and Austin Archer. 3/2012