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Blockade Runner 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Dave Kruger, FFA: Marty Hornick, 1980's
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Submitted By: jfailing on Sep 8, 2011

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Blockade Runner is arguably one of the best routes in the Alabama Hills. It shoots right up the north face of the impressive Alabama Dome. Thin edging and incut crimping will get you up this route.


The left side of Alabama Dome's north face.


9 bolts with Mussy anchors.

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By C Miller
From: CA
Sep 13, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Fantastic and continuous steep edging on excellent rock that's well protected and not PG13 as this climbs an old bolt ladder. Make sure to do the neighboring routes if in the area.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Feb 14, 2015

I felt this one was harder than Dihedral Dance
By BAd
Feb 16, 2015
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Schweet! We were so stoked to get an on-sight of this challenging route. Having done Dihedral Dance the week before, I can see what the Jeff is saying--BUT I feel there is no doubt the crux of Dihedral Dance is significantly harder than any move on Blockade Runner--at least if you go straight up, following the bolts through the bulge up high. Blockade Runner felt continuously challenging, but even this route has a no-hands rest at about 3/4h height, just like Dihedral Dance. You need good edging skills for this one, but the pro is really good. A truly classic route!

By Daniel Bookless
From: Portland, OR
Mar 27, 2016

I agree with the above comment, this climb felt as hard as the one to the right. It didn't feel like they were two grades apart
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Sep 24, 2016

Having climbed both routes I support Jeff & Daniel's comments about Bladerunner being as hard or harder than Dihedral Dance.
By Jodi Friedlander
Nov 7, 2016

Short person beta: One can finish this route to the left or the right. After flashing all the hard stuff down low, I fell just above the second to last bolt due to reach issues--I'm 5'3"--and, I admit, to fear, being that I was heading quite left of the bolt. I now know there's a great hold up high, along the left edge, but I couldn't see it, and getting there was going to be difficult for me (short AND a negative ape index). After several tries and way too much time, I explored the right side and found it far more reasonable for me. Delicate footwork to a killer edge and a staircase to the last bolt. Mantle up and it's over. Fantastic climb!
By BAd
Nov 8, 2016
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Hey, Ben:

So on Dihedral Dance, do you go straight up over the bulge or dance right then left over it? My ego is too attached to the 11a rating of DD! ;)

By C Brooks
From: Fresno, CA
Mar 24, 2017

Possibly the best route in the hills. I agree it is of similar difficulty to Dihedral Dance

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