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Routes in Lightning Rock

Ground Fall Interceptor (GFI) T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Off The Grid T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Power Shortage T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Short Circuit T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

Description

Lightning Rock only holds two routes listed in the current Lumpy Ridge guidebook, but it is an impressive cliff nonetheless. The cliff is named for the obvious lightning-shaped white dike that streaks down the center of the cliff. This dike is the line of Meltdown, a bold, old-school affair that face climbs directly up the lightning streak past just three quarter-inch bolts. Lightning Rock is a steep cliff, fairly devoid of features, which probably accounts for its limited number of routes. Also, the rock on the east- and west-facing corners is a bit crumbly, especially up high. The best route on Lightning Rock is Short Circuit, which despite being just two or three pitches, is well worth the short (for Lumpy standards) approach.

Note, Bat Flake is separated out for clarity in the database.
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Getting There

Lightning Rock sits just west of Batman Pinnacle, home of the classic 5.6 Batman and Robin. Approach as for Batman Pinnacle (staying close to the cliff below Checkerboard Rock will help you access a trail through the talus slope below Batman Pinnacle), and once below the route Batman and Robin, head straight west next to the cliff for approximately 75 feet to reach the base of Lightning Rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lightning Rock

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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Ground Fall Interceptor (GFI)
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Ground Fall Interceptor (GFI) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
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jason seaver
Estes Park, CO
jason seaver   Estes Park, CO
Word on the street is that Meltdown's bolts have been updated. Now you can take spectacularly humungous whippers off of it and have them caught by shiny new 3/8" bolts (just as you crater on the slab below them). But seriously, this pitch looks superb, but I'm afraid it hasn't been dumbed down to my level yet. Apr 15, 2004

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