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Sound of Power 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Craig Reason
Season: Any
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Submitted By: Matt McMurray on May 4, 2006

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Sound of Power

Climbing in Red Rocks after heavy rain can permanently damage the rock! MORE INFO >>>


The thin flakes seem to keep breaking, which lead to the rating change from 5.12a to 5.12b. After the publishing of Roxanna Brock's new guide another flake broke on a gaston move, resulting in locals raising the grade another letter to 5.12c.

Easy climbing to the first bolt turns difficult quickly as you encounter a thin crimp. Some technical footwork leads you higher (3rd bolt) where you enter the second crux sequence, including a gaston to a small broken flake. IF you can pull through this move the difficulty eases and the anchors await.


This is the third route from the far end of the corridor on the West side. It is next to Sunsplash (5.13b).


Several bolts to chain anchors.

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Climber and the Moon
Climber and the Moon
Jeff Gicklhorn climbing The Sound of Power, 5.12c
Jeff Gicklhorn climbing The Sound of Power, 5.12c
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BETA PHOTO: The line

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By nathan williamson
Apr 30, 2013

One of my favorite routes in red rock. Great place to hid from the Sumner heat.
By dave blackburn
From: las vegas
Sep 1, 2014
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

So another key hold broke (not me) on the right hand side at the very top of the last gaston section at the 4th bolt. Made that last move harder.
By twometers
3 days ago

When the large flake separating the scar (bulk of the route) from the chains, breaks, this will most certainly become a 12d. Sadly, with spring break month approaching and the Red Rock Rendezvous following shortly thereafter, this is more than likely to happen quite soon. Today, once again, I saw people climbing on this, and Monster Skank, which were clearly both wet, with callous disregard for the fragility of the Aztec Sandstone. I'm really not sure what else to do, to discourage these people, other than physically restrain them.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
3 days ago

I'm thinking you guys should get some paintball guns. Keep climbers off wet rock, and fun for you too!