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Coal S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Copper S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Gold S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Iron S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Lead S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Molybdenum S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Nickel S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Shaft of Light S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Steaming Beaver S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Tungsten S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Unknown at The Shaft S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Vanadium S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 79 total, 2/month
Shared By: slim on Sep 12, 2013
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Raptor Closures Details

Description

Begin up nice climbing in a small elevator shaft of sorts. The rock is really interesting here, very solid with sort of a waxy sheen to it. Clip the first 3 bolts, downclimb, and unclip the first 2 (see notes in protection section). Shaft of Light takes the right hand set of bolts at this point, while Vanadium breaks left.

Above this is a horizontal break, which is kind of loose inside so try not to pull out any chunks. Fire upward over the bulge onto a spooky flake, and work your way up the face above on thin, spooky holds. The last bit is kind of slabby, or you could probably climb the corner a bit to the right.

The climbing on this route is really good, but many of the holds through the upper half feel very fragile, and there is one decent-sized, hollow flake that you have to tug on a bit. Your belayer will want to pay attention. I pulled off a handful of chunks, and I am generally pretty careful.

Location

When entering The Shaft, Shaft of Light is at the far end on the left wall. It is the 2nd to last sport route and begins in an elevator shaft of sorts. The bolt line splits into 2 routes at the 3rd bolt, with Vanadium going left and Shaft of Light going to the right.

Protection

All bolts, probably 8 or so, plus anchors. I recommend unclipping the first 2 bolts after you have clipped the third bolt. There is a fair amount of loose rock above, and the geometry of The Shaft is such that any loose rock that comes down will be deflected towards the belayer. Unclipping the first 2 bolts will give the belayer more freedom to move out of the way. The last stretch is just a wee runout and slightly slabby.

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