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Blue Light Special 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c

Type: Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Tom Egan, December 1990
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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006
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A great 5.11a on the far left end of Shipwreck. Slightly overhanging but with good holds and fun movement. I only wish it were longer!


6 bolts and a bolted anchor

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By jonah
Jan 30, 2006

The undercling/start has gotten amazingly slimy and greasy, making it a bit less fun. I heard the good thumb catch for the right on that undercling had disintegrated a bit, too. Still a great route, though.

By mark d
Apr 18, 2006

good route that sees plenty of traffic.

it's rated 11b in the new watts guide.

By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 18, 2006

If the consensus is 11b then I can change it. It's been a few years since I've been on it.

By bryans
Jun 19, 2006

while a good climb, it does not live up to its hype. try its neighbor, more sandy than kevin, for a better line.

By Joel Sprenger
From: Terrebonne, OR
Nov 28, 2007
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c

This is a great route. I for some reason attempted to pull the route using the sucker- jug off to the right which then ruined my onsight. It is easier to clip the second bolt off of the jug, but hard trying to come into the undercling sequence afterwards. I don't know about 11b though?

By ----
Dec 14, 2008

This is one of those routes that can feel really easy if you're strong and can make long reaches. If you're short the crux will probably feel annoying hard for the grade. This route, Toxic and License to Bolt are 11s that I have seen shorter climbers get frustrated on.

By Eric Schnepel
From: Portland
Apr 13, 2011

The second clip is for sure the crux. That undercling is POLISHED. Found a knee-bar with a foot in the hole out right that made this thing pretty casual, but I still think it tends more towards 11b.

By Toby B
Oct 5, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c

I feel... really good about the undercling. It doesn't feel polished to me at all. Maybe I'm using a different part of it?

I'll have to try the knee bar next time I'm up there.

By richard magill
May 12, 2012

tough start

By another Chad
Mar 24, 2013
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c

Blue Light Special feels harder than Toxic. Less fun too.


By pdxuller
2 days ago

I don't know exactly why, but I hate this thing.