Ride the Lightning
Avg: 1.8 from 8 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 500 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Joseph Puryear & Stoney Richards|
|Page Views:||2,013 total · 38/month|
|Shared By:||Drederek on Nov 20, 2013|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
DescriptionRide the Lightning is a great route that suffers from less than stellar rock quality. Decent pro when you need it and bolts on the faces. The first two pitches are probably worth doing for anyone, after that I'd say only the adventurous need continue as the rock steadily gets looser as you ascend.
P1 ascend the face below the obvious roof.
P2 more face leads to a great corner.
P3 work left around the roof and up.
P4 more bolts lead you thru some questionable stone.
P5 follow cracks thru some overlaps and a couple bolts, the rock gets better again for this crux(?) pitch.
P6 head up and right on somewhat easier ground looking for a bottoming out hand crack just before you get to the gully. Belay below a large outcrop to protect the belayer on the final pitch.
P7 head up into lowangled looseness toward a small pine tree across in places piles of dinnerplate sized rocks piled who knows how deep.
We walked off climbers left past some cairns to the large obvious gully and down it with one short rap about halfway down.