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"Left Edge" S,TR 
Bubble Boy S 
Catchy S 
Chimney T,TR 
Face T,TR 
Face, The Bubble Mt. St. Helena S,TR 
Ladder, The S,TR 
Old Ladder Route T,TR 
Solar Power S 
West Face, The S 

Solar Power 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Mar 2, 2002

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The left climb of the 2 west-facing routes on the Bubble.A fairly straight-forward face climb with lots of pockets for holds. It seems like every time you think to yourself, 'that next one better be good!', it is!


4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 20, 2002
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Both this climb and West Face felt like 5.10c onsight lead. This was the better of the two routes.
By Colonel Mustard
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 7, 2006

I'm going to have to disagree with the above. It feels like at least 10D to me. West Facing probably is more accurately 10C though.
By Floyd Hayes
Oct 27, 2008
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This climb has long reaches. At 5'10" I had to launch myself upward to grab the jugs and was glad I decided to top-rope rather than lead it. I thought it was a few letters harder in difficulty than West Face.
By Nicole BI
From: Oakland, CA
Jun 17, 2013

most of the climb is fairly juggy and feels like 5.9/10a, but (like West Face) I found the crux to be the moves near the last bolt, and would agree with an overall 10d / 11a rating due to that short hard section.

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