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Power to Waste 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Matt & Mark Hermann, Derek Willmore, Mandy Kellner
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Submitted By: Larry DeAngelo on Jul 8, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Power to Waste, on the left side of the Lotta Ball...

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


The left side of the Lotta Balls Wall is dominated by a huge fin of rock. This route climbs straight up the fin to a bolted rappel station beneath the jutting overhang. A single rope is sufficient for the rappel if you go down the east-facing wall (instead of straight down the route). The route starts with easy face climbing on excellent rock. When you reach the corner halfway up, the rock quality begins to decline, and care is needed as you approach the belay.


6 bolts, small cams

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Rock Climbing Photo: At the bottom of the corner on Power to Waste.
At the bottom of the corner on Power to Waste.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the belay on Power to Waste.
Nearing the belay on Power to Waste.

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By Paul Davidson
Oct 31, 2008

Description is accurate, rock is ok at the top, just needs more activity to clean off the looser stuff.

I thought the climbing was really enjoyable.
Just take gear to protect between the bolts and you won't be worrying about the slightly flaky nature of the rock.

How about a second pitch ?
Sure looks like there should be stellar climbing up that nose out the left side of the belay.
By Ben Townsend
Nov 12, 2014

A really fun, mellow route to round out a day at the Lotta Balls wall. Rock quality seemed pretty good, pro is great (it could be led quite safely without the bolts), and way easy for 5.8 -- I could believe 5.7 or even 5.6.

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