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Ride the Lightning 

Hueco: V6 Font: 7A

   
Type:  Boulder, 15'
Original:  Hueco: V6 Font: 7A [details]
FA: Dave Jacobson
Page Views: 8,204
Submitted By: Ladd on Apr 12, 2007

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Description 

A classic and committing intro to the grade. Squat start with an obvious jug (flexes so pull down) and a right foot way out right and pop up to the crack with your right hand. Bring your left hand up and match in the crack. Step up to the starting jug and cross right hand to next crimp (bad). Left hand to bad undercling, then move feet, bump left hand to crimp below topout, move up feet into the crack and grab those slopers. Moving from the crack to the crimps and then the lip is the short crux. Get a heel and mantle for all you're worth. Make sure you climb up the back side to brush off pine needles. Not to be missed.

Location 

Obvious up and left-slanting crack with heinous, committing topout.

Protection 

Bring spotters and pads (both plural for a reason).


Photos of Ride the Lightning Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ride the Lightning top out
Ride the Lightning top out
Rock Climbing Photo: Couple years ago, when I was stuck on the little t...
Couple years ago, when I was stuck on the little t...
Rock Climbing Photo: seth reaching for the top
seth reaching for the top
Rock Climbing Photo: Making use of the undercling.
Making use of the undercling.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben cruising the first section
Ben cruising the first section
Rock Climbing Photo: An interesting photo by my dad that makes the wall...
An interesting photo by my dad that makes the wall...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ride the Lightning on a winter day
Ride the Lightning on a winter day
Rock Climbing Photo: derek hanrahan in the business on Ride the lightni...
derek hanrahan in the business on Ride the lightni...
Rock Climbing Photo: Keith Nadeau crossing over
Keith Nadeau crossing over
Rock Climbing Photo: in advance of a badly sprained ankle...
in advance of a badly sprained ankle...
Rock Climbing Photo: siiick!
siiick!
Rock Climbing Photo: Behold the lightening
Behold the lightening
Rock Climbing Photo: seth topping out...
seth topping out...
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul making faces just before the holds run out on...
Paul making faces just before the holds run out on...
Rock Climbing Photo: ride the lightning
ride the lightning
Rock Climbing Photo: Another one of Ride the Lighting, Chris Cook throu...
Another one of Ride the Lighting, Chris Cook throu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Mead topping out.
Jeff Mead topping out.
Rock Climbing Photo: testing out the first moves of RTL
testing out the first moves of RTL

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By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Mar 8, 2008
rating: V6 7A

its routes like this that make me want to climb v7 or v6
By BDalhaus
Administrator
From: Bangor, ME
Apr 2, 2008
rating: V6- 7A

I've always found the topout to be quite easy, but I won't deny that it's totally committing. Hang from the slopers with your wrists on the lip, get a heel as deep as you can, and just roll over. The topouts on Monkey Press and Zap (both V3) seem more difficult.
By Lanky
From: Tired
Jun 20, 2008
rating: V6- 7A

I agree w/ Mr. Dalhaus. Really fun problem (easier if you're 5'10" or taller) but I think the mantle is easier than it's reputation would lead you to believe. Just trust your heel!
By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Apr 21, 2009
rating: V6 7A

so i was out at pway last week and was watchin a bunch of guys get on this route... it really doesnt look so bad... scary factor wise at least :) i really wanna get on it!... WHOSE WITH ME! :)
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Apr 21, 2009

I am down to try it sometime we should meet up for a day in pway
By andyscott
From: Massachusetts
Sep 4, 2009

this climb feels easier and easier the more times you do it and use the beta thats right for you
By Daryl St. Laurent
Oct 15, 2009

video of me falling off the mantle:
By Eric8
From: Maynard, MA
Sep 7, 2010
rating: V5 6C

Agreed, the mantle is scary but not hard. If the moves up to the lip are only v4 then the problem is only v4...I found them a little harder then that.
By Lanky
From: Tired
Nov 22, 2010
rating: V6- 7A

Did the variation/direct finish yesterday (After first move, undercling the crack and make a long reach with the right to a crimp. Bryce, did you mention this? Can't remember where I heard about it). Probably a touch harder than the classic version, though I didn't think it was quite as fun either.
By BDalhaus
Administrator
From: Bangor, ME
Nov 22, 2010
rating: V6- 7A

The Three Graces
By Eric Heiden
From: Derry, NH
Dec 7, 2011

Send of ride the lightning at about 3:40:
By Sam Owens
From: Durham, New Hampshire
May 2, 2012



Video of RTL! Some sweet footage in the dark, no sends but some cool falls
By Lucas79
From: Asheville, NC
Sep 13, 2012
rating: V4-5 6B+

Once you figure out the footwork it's not that bad....just technical. No move harder than V4. I'm 5.8 and didn't have to use that garbage undercling beta....just look for a small toejam to get through that section. Fun top out.
By ekelsey
From: Mattapoisett
Mar 10, 2013
rating: V6 7A

Lucas with a whopping sandbag, can't say it's less than a 6 in my opinion (soft if you want to call it that)
By Dave Jacobson
Sep 3, 2015

FYI imagine doing this problem without a pad. Which is the way it was done with mosquitoes and black flies eating anything that was exposed!
By Brad Fauteux
From: Hopkinton, NH
Nov 29, 2015

I haven't been able to send this route yet. I've made it to the under-cling and the heel hook, now I have to man-up and go for the crimp and sketchy top-out. unfortunately it was pretty wet last time I was out. Definitely a P-Way classic and one of the most popular Boulder Natural Routes.
By Graham O.
Jul 6, 2016

I love this climb so much. Perfect rock, perfect moves, and an all out brawl at the top. It is my proudest and favorite send, and the repeat is still yet to come. Spectacular line!

P.S: this is way harder than any v7's I've ever done
By Graham O.
Jul 7, 2016

Epic line! So awesome! Also a blast just to mess around on even if you know you won't send.
By Jake Perry
From: Concord, NH
Oct 20, 2016

Some footage from last year of Troy cruising up this classic.