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5.10c/d, Sport, 40 ft,
Avg: 2.7 from 61 votes
FA: Karl Guthrie
California > San Francisco B… > Wine Country > Mt St Helena > Bubble
Mt. St. Helena Crags - Fire Damage from Fall 2017
PLEASE AVOID ST. HELENA FOR NOW. THE RECENT FIRES HAVE DECIMATED THE ROCK AND POTENTIALLY THE BOLTS. (10/23/17)
See the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park website at
for current park closure information, or the MP forum discussion
for the latest on climbing impacts.
The left climb of the 2 west-facing routes on the Bubble.A fairly straight-forward face climb with lots of pockets for holds. It seems like every time you think to yourself, 'that next one better be good!', it is!
4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.
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david gets a last minute tr send, sunset fuel on solar power
Looking for the anchor bolts for Solar Power
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Around Boulder, CO
Both this climb and West Face felt like 5.10c onsight lead. This was the better of the two routes.
Aug 20, 2002
I'm going to have to disagree with the above. It feels like at least 10D to me. West Facing probably is more accurately 10C though.
Aug 7, 2006
This climb has long reaches. At 5'10" I had to launch myself upward to grab the jugs and was glad I decided to top-rope rather than lead it. I thought it was a few letters harder in difficulty than West Face.
Oct 27, 2008
most of the climb is fairly juggy and feels like 5.9/10a, but (like West Face) I found the crux to be the moves near the last bolt, and would agree with an overall 10d / 11a rating due to that short hard section.
Jun 17, 2013
Nice route with fun technical moves. There is a reachy move to the last quickdraw before the anchors. Good pocket if you can find it and then finishes with some slopers.
Apr 15, 2018
Super fun route! I'm 5'9 and had to make a couple of reachy moves! you have a good rest place past 3rd bolt. Gets super pumpy towards the top.Loved the flow of it!
Oct 28, 2018