chelle Posted August 16, 2004 Share Posted August 16, 2004 I got shut down today on a climb I'd thought about for months because of a particular little vermin that I simply cannot get my head around. I have climbed next to lizards, bats, snakes...I can handle them all. I cannot handle spiders! It appears that few people have recently climbed up Battered Sandwich at Index. I dealt with the occasional spider during the first 1/2 of the climb. I beat them away with my hand or a large size cam. I destroyed their webs. I thrutched my way up the lower part of the climb determined that I was going to get up this thing. And I made it up to that point without having to pull on my #3.5 cam this time. When I stood up at the little rest at the base of the chimney section I looked up and saw a maze of webs covering about 4 feet of the climb and about 15-20 dime sized (not including legs) spiders. They looked like tanish black widows. Eeek! I thought long and hard about what I was going to do. I really wanted this climb. I talked to my belayer about it. I took a few deep breaths and headed up a few feet, then decided I just couldn't do it. Ugh! I placed a piece and lowered. Bravely my belayer went up and without complaining cleared the way and then I got to climb up. All he said was man there are a lot of spiders up here. Thanks for understanding. What a great climb! Next time I am bringing my wisk broom to tape on the end of my nut tool. Anybody else have a particular kind of vermin that shuts you down? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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