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Glowing In The Distance 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Tony Lusk & Kent Brewner
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Submitted By: Nick Wilder on Apr 14, 2005

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Another great route, but different than the others on Ridgeline which have bigger jugs and are less sustained. Small, crimpy holds on steep face. Excellent rock. Easier than it looks from the bottom.


6 bolts, rap chains

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the anchors
Looking down from the anchors
Rock Climbing Photo: Moving to, or just after the 2nd bolt on Glowing i...
Moving to, or just after the 2nd bolt on Glowing i...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the anchors over the right shoulder.
View from the anchors over the right shoulder.

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By Desicon
Nov 12, 2005
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

"Glowing in the Distance" is arguably the most eloquent climb on the Ridgeline. It would probably receive a four star rating if it were just another 20 - 30 feet long. The route presents several individual "problem areas" forcing the climber to concentrate almost all the way up; and it seems that there are almost always several different handhold/ foothold combinations that can be used to surmount each cruxy zone. This built-in variation keeps the route from becoming a bore even after you have repeated it many times.

I found the trickiest section to rate somewhat lower than most of the climbers I've talked to regarding the degree of difficulty here -- almost all of them place it at 5.9- or even 5.9b -- so maybe I was lucky in finding a felicitous combination of high-stepping, and sideclings on my first ascent? Anyway, it did not quite seem a nine.

One warning: this portion of the Ridgeline face receives the direct sun in the mid morning, early afternoon, and that wash of light can "flatten" the area of the route, making recognition of the "proper" handholds difficult. As three or four of the positions on this route require a dependence on upper body strength, a delay in finding the next series of holds may put the climber in some jeopardy -- perhaps this is where the 5.9 ratings come in?

The view from the top, back over your right shoulder is fantastic!!!

By KristinaB
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 30, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Absolutely LOVED this climb; I think for the incredible views upon finishing. Make sure you have at least a 60m rope as this is the longest route. EnjoY!!!
By Joe Cayer
From: Mesa, Az
Jul 8, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Can anyone tell me what the route to the left of Glowing In The Distance is?
By Adrian Allred
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 8, 2012

@Joe Cayer

That would be Mogenhead...
By Joe Cayer
From: Mesa, Az
Jul 9, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

@ Adrian, There's a line between Glowing and Mogenhead. Shares the same first bolt as Glowing, but go's left up the same wall. Easy first and second clips followed by 3 bolts on thin, engaging face.
By Adrian Allred
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 10, 2012

Joe, I'm pretty sure that is Mogenhead that goes onto a really thin face, theres only 2 routes on that part of the wall that I'm aware of, but I could be wrong, it's happened to me before.
By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 8, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The route that share the first bolt and goes directly up to left of this route is even better - 5.9+ thin edging.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 8, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The route that shares the first bolt and goes left w 9+/10a climbing IS "Glowing". Tony's sandbagging it to 8+ and Rock Climbing Arizona calling it an entirely different name ("Gridlocked" 10 b/c) doesn't help the confusion.

The newer and easier route that shares the first bolt and then goes right is "Perrito".

The next route left of "Glowing" is "Mogenhead".
By Tomily ma
Apr 24, 2013

This first time I climbed this I heard thunder in the distance at the start of the climb but wanted to get on this route. Awesome climb, very rewarding. By the time I was cleaning, there was huge hail and rain. Right before I started rapping, I saw a massive lightning strike on boneyard. It was breathtakingly amazing. We ran down the the river to our car in 5 minutes. It wasn't until the shock wore off that I realized the irony of actually seeing the glowing in the distance. Ridgeline classic.
By Mark Mueller
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 26, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Here's a pano I put together taken atop GITD:

Rock Climbing Photo: Ridgeline Pano
Ridgeline Pano

Note: You'll notice Boneyard just right of center.
By Richard Maffei
Mar 15, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

One of my most challenging leads as a new climber. Very crimpy holds all the way up, with a 5 meter crux of sharp hands and feet. Went up in mid march and the weather was a cool 60(f) but there were some very high sustained winds at the top of the route.

The anchor also seemed to be a little more difficult to pass the rope through for the rap down so keep that in mind if you're bringing a fat rope.
By David Chambers
Mar 17, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Superb 5.9! Excellent quality of rock, mostly vertical climbing. I would not consider this PG13 in any form; on the contrary, it was well-bolted and felt very straightforward. On par with "Ego Donor" without the extra spice.
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 17, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

what's with the new glue-in ring bolts on this route? they're really thin and I'm not convinced they're safe.
By Luke Bertelsen
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 17, 2017

Totally safe, placed by CASA in 2106....... Actually probably close to the safest bolts you can currently place with a pullout strength of over 9000 lbs. So despite the appearance they are incredibly safe and beyond adequate. Get used to the thin appearance because this is the 'wave' of the future.

Also, (personal comment here) do a little research prior to posting 'I'm not convinced they're safe'. A pretty quick session of internetting on the GOOGLE reveals a lot of info letting one know these are plenty safe if not the safest out there.
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 5, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

or I could post here asking about them so that in the future if anyone else has the same question about this route they can look here and get the answer.

I did learn about these new ultra-strong bolts recently and all my fears were assuaged, and I'm actually pretty excited about them. but I would get used to questions like this because they sure don't look like modern bolts even though they're the future of bolting. in fact they look like the old school coldshuts scattered around lemmon which are quickly aging into questionable reliability.

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