So earlier in the week I decided to take another trip back to Snake Den. This time I was top roping instead of bouldering. I wanted to climb a route called the Rattle Snake a 5.12+. The Rattle Snake is the hardest rout in RI and having it less then five minutes away from my house in a blessing. The route was crimpy all the way up and required a bit of technique. All though it was a tough route it wasn’t that bad since it was over quick. The wall has to be around 20 -25ft high so it really wasn’t that tall.
When I was done climbing that route I was determined to keep climbing. However, it was hot, I was exhausted, and my fingers hurt. I knew with a few minuted of rest I would be good to keep climbing but I really didn’t feel like taking down the anchor and ropes and moving to reset up. I looked around for another route that would still be a challenge for me when I came across a crack. I looked up the route on climbri.org and I found that it was an un-named route that was rated a 5.8. Normally I wouldn’t climb a grade that low unless I really had no other option but I still saw it as a challenge. I have climbed a lot of different types of climbs but I actually have only crack climbed once at the gym. So I took this opportunity to change that.
I was a little iffy on climbing the crack because there were a lot of instances where my entire arm was inside the crack and I had no idea what little creatures were lurking around in there. I was also searching around in there for something to grab onto but sometimes I couldn’t see into the crack at all so it started to get really sketchy. But that didn’t stop me. As usual I quickly found my way up the crack successfully and unharmed by any small creatures. Off to the side of the crack I even found this really cool feature on the rock that allowed me to do perfect pull-ups. I had to take the opportunity in the middle of the climb to stop what I was doing and do a few. Show off? Maybe, but I most certainly had a lot of fun. And Don’t worry, once I finished my pull-ups I got back to the crack and finished the climb. I even went back and climbed it a second time just for fun.