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Shining Path 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Ken Trout, Kirk Miller, David Kozak, and Peter Prandoni
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on Apr 9, 2007

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Drilling on pitch one. Photo by Kirk Miller.


500 feet to the right of Heart of Darkness is a line of bolts leading up to a left-facing flake. Belay near the top of the flake. Face climb up and right through the crux to another left-facing corner. Belay halfway up the corner. Continue up, switching cracks when they run out. Belay next to a big roof then climb past the bolt and up the dihedral to the top.


Standard rack and draws.

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Aug 25, 2008

Can anyone comment to the condition of the bolts on this route?
By Kevin Stricker
From: Evergreen, CO
Aug 25, 2008

First two pitches have new ASCA bolts. There are still some old bolts on the last pitch.
By john durr
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Sep 2, 2010

There used to be a tricam smashed into a pocket as the first piece of protection on this route. A late start gave me incentive to lead the last two pitches as one. I ran out of gear and just sat down in some flared groove near the top without anything as Noel bat manned up the last pitch in the dark. He wouldn't talk to me after he got to the belay and saw zero anchors. Heading back to the car in the dark, Kirk Miller, adamant about the "correct" way to go, headed off to Big Rock. We made a huge bonfire at the car and drank all but one of his beers by the time he burst out of the forest a couple hours later, pretty scratched up.
By slim
Sep 2, 2010

Awesome story.
By Vincent Morton
From: Colorado Springs,Colorado
Sep 20, 2010

I wanted to echo Allen's comment about the Shining Path. The route is excellent and worth seeking out. For gear you only need a single set of Camalots from #0.4 to #4, and a regular set of nuts. Micro cams and micro nuts are not needed as there is nowhere to place them on the slab, and the cracks take medium/large gear. Do bring about 5 long draws in addition to 5 or so quickdraws.

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