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This route is located in the Northern Gorge Region at Fortress Wall

Scratch Your Face

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Snake 5.8 (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Bob Molzon, Dick Shori in 1977
Length: 60ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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To the left of Serpent there is a handcrack with a small tree about 5 feet up. Climb the handcrack through a right leaning slot to the top.
Moves: Hands
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: NFS

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vic said on August 12th, 2003
I would give this route a 3-star rating - tons of fun
Ballss said on May 6th, 2004
I second that notion 3 stars
dj_ax said on June 5th, 2004
Great hands! Nice and sustained climbing.
The Pirate said on June 28th, 2004
I think this a classic...worthy of three stars
Lander said on December 4th, 2007
Seriously good climb. Don't get too deep into the crack. You're better off to stay more on the face.
Buzz said on April 5th, 2008
Where are the anchors for this route? Used a set about half way back towards Calypso III. Otherwise great route. Agree need to get out of the big crack. (that seemed to be the crux)
heidiramma said on May 12th, 2008
super fun wiggling
Myke Dronez said on August 4th, 2008
Do the funky worm! There are now brand new anchors right above the natural line's end-
NateS GR said on October 16th, 2008
The first time I did this route I wasn't really a fan. However, the off width gets to be more fun every time I do it. I definitely recommend this route. The hand crack at the top is short but fun.
caribe said on December 22nd, 2008
fun, approx. no hands 1/2 way up. good warm up.
possum2082 said on August 17th, 2009
sling the tree. plug a 5 in the crack. hands the rest of the way. great climb to break into the grade. my 1st 5.8.
jrathfon said on May 17th, 2010
lots of fun. good 3 star 5.8. you can face climb or hand jam, choose your poison. probably the best start for where lizard's dare.
indiedoe said on October 19th, 2010
Just an amazing climb. I had to work it for a couple of gos before I got it clean. The trouble was mostly the wiggling part. But, now have it dialed. What a fin climb.