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Walking On The Sun 

YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Rick Leitner and Mark Rolofson,1998
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Mar 29, 2001

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I have been dying to spray a little about Rick Leitner, and here is the chance. One mark of a good route must be our willingness and interest in returning to the climb over and over again. I have come back to this Rick Leitner route at least a dozen times. I climb it every trip to The Solar Dome, and it is always fun. The route is on the West side of the crag, on the right side of the overhang area. It begins in a left-leaning crack/flake system that takes you a good stance and a good rest before the crux. This first part has terrifically fun, kinesthetic movement. The crux bails out right from the stance and involves a few thin moves and a long reach over the top of a small overhang. Bail further right and up to the anchors.

This is one of the best routes at The Solar Dome, and it is certainly worth two stars in my book.


QD only. Six QDs gets you to the top and a double bolt anchor. The whole route is perhaps 45 feet long.

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By tony herr
Apr 17, 2010

To historically clarify this route: Rick and Mark did do the First Ascent, however, John Baldwin led the First Free Ascent, Chris Alber led the 2nd (second) Free Ascent on the same day. Reference: Boulder Canyon Sport & Adventure Climber's Guide, Page 53, Item #10, Author, Mark Rolofson.

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