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Glowing In The Distance 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Tony Lusk & Kent Brewner
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Submitted By: Nick Wilder on Apr 14, 2005

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Description 

Another great route, but different than the others on Ridgeline which have bigger jugs and are less sustained. Small, crimpy holds on steep face. Excellent rock. Easier than it looks from the bottom.

Protection 

6 bolts, rap chains


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By Desicon
Nov 12, 2005
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

"Glowing in the Distance" is arguably the most eloquent climb on the Ridgeline. It would probably receive a four star rating if it were just another 20 - 30 feet long. The route presents several individual "problem areas" forcing the climber to concentrate almost all the way up; and it seems that there are almost always several different handhold/ foothold combinations that can be used to surmount each cruxy zone. This built-in variation keeps the route from becoming a bore even after you have repeated it many times.

I found the trickiest section to rate somewhat lower than most of the climbers I've talked to regarding the degree of difficulty here -- almost all of them place it at 5.9- or even 5.9b -- so maybe I was lucky in finding a felicitous combination of high-stepping, and sideclings on my first ascent? Anyway, it did not quite seem a nine.

One warning: this portion of the Ridgeline face receives the direct sun in the mid morning, early afternoon, and that wash of light can "flatten" the area of the route, making recognition of the "proper" handholds difficult. As three or four of the positions on this route require a dependence on upper body strength, a delay in finding the next series of holds may put the climber in some jeopardy -- perhaps this is where the 5.9 ratings come in?

The view from the top, back over your right shoulder is fantastic!!!



By KristinaB
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 30, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Absolutely LOVED this climb; I think for the incredible views upon finishing. Make sure you have at least a 60m rope as this is the longest route. EnjoY!!!
By Joe Cayer
From: Mesa, Az
Jul 8, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Can anyone tell me what the route to the left of Glowing In The Distance is?
By Adrian Allred
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 8, 2012

@Joe Cayer

That would be Mogenhead...
By Joe Cayer
From: Mesa, Az
Jul 9, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

@ Adrian, There's a line between Glowing and Mogenhead. Shares the same first bolt as Glowing, but go's left up the same wall. Easy first and second clips followed by 3 bolts on thin, engaging face.
By Adrian Allred
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 10, 2012

Joe, I'm pretty sure that is Mogenhead that goes onto a really thin face, theres only 2 routes on that part of the wall that I'm aware of, but I could be wrong, it's happened to me before.
By Tim Wolfe
Administrator
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 8, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The route that share the first bolt and goes directly up to left of this route is even better - 5.9+ thin edging.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 8, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The route that shares the first bolt and goes left w 9+/10a climbing IS "Glowing". Tony's sandbagging it to 8+ and Rock Climbing Arizona calling it an entirely different name ("Gridlocked" 10 b/c) doesn't help the confusion.

The newer and easier route that shares the first bolt and then goes right is "Perrito".

The next route left of "Glowing" is "Mogenhead".
By Tomily
Apr 24, 2013

This first time I climbed this I heard thunder in the distance at the start of the climb but wanted to get on this route. Awesome climb, very rewarding. By the time I was cleaning, there was huge hail and rain. Right before I started rapping, I saw a massive lightning strike on boneyard. It was breathtakingly amazing. We ran down the the river to our car in 5 minutes. It wasn't until the shock wore off that I realized the irony of actually seeing the glowing in the distance. Ridgeline classic.
By Mark Mueller
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 26, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Here's a pano I put together taken atop GITD:


Ridgeline Pano
Ridgeline Pano


Note: You'll notice Boneyard just right of center.