Type: Sport, 65 ft
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Shared By: Ryan Palo on Oct 17, 2006
Admins: Nate Ball, Micah Klesick

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The Siege could be considered the test piece of French'es Dome. The business comes early on this route, the first 20 feet contain the crux. Tenuous sidepulls coupled with a few long lockoffs characterize the crux, into an interested match. As you move over the bulge the climbing eases off greatly, so long as your pump doesn't ruin your redpoint.


To the right of Pump-o-Roma


8 or 9 bolts, two bolt anchor


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phillip Hranicka
phillip Hranicka  
For the record- Dave Sowerby called this thing The Dark Side.

I ripped a hold off that changed the sequence of the crux, but strangely didn't make the route more difficult, just different. Jul 16, 2010
Eric Schnepel
Eric Schnepel   Portland
Super fun route. Maybe the best on the Dome; if a bit chossy. Definitely much more powerful than Pump-o-rama, but much less pumpy. I would say the bouldery and sequential moves down low definitely make it a notch more difficult than Pump. Maybe 12c minus Aug 3, 2011
Portland, OR
danieljordan   Portland, OR
Cool route, but really just a boulder problem down low to easier climbing. I'd disagree that this is Frenche's test piece...Perhaps when the description was written it was, but with the ever-changing nature of the routes, in addition to a couple of newer routes, I'd say Dark Side is just another fun Frenche's route...slightly better than most of them! Jul 23, 2015
Ryan Palo
Bend, oregon
Ryan Palo   Bend, oregon
My god, did I make this description 9 years ago? Daniel, Id chalk this up to the follies of youth. Interesting to see the grades here drop and the grades at the RC rise. Jul 23, 2015
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
This route was rebolted with ASCA SS glue in bolts in July 2017. Aug 8, 2017
I was at French's this last weekend and saw The Dark Side's new glue-ins (Sweet! Thx Micah!). I was a bit confused, though, as there seems to be another line that shares the first couple bolts and then veers left and up for about 5-6 more bolts. The hardware is (I am guessing) expansion bolts and hangers, not glue-ins. They look pretty new, and I don't recall seeing the line before. It's sandwiched between Pump-O-Rama and The Dark Side.

Anyone know what this route is, and when it was put up? Sep 5, 2017
Micah Klesick
Kalamazoo, MI
Micah Klesick   Kalamazoo, MI  
That would be Philanthropy, listed next to this route in the route database. Sep 6, 2017
Thanks, Micah! Makes sense, just didn't see it in the list where I expected, so didn't look at the description! Sep 6, 2017