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Soul on Ice 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Andy Deklerk
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Submitted By: Drewsky on Dec 29, 2008

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Overhung climbing on mostly positive holds leads over a bulge to very continuous micro-edging on the more gradual headwall. Extremely thin at the crux. This is quintessential Index sport climbing: thin, desperate, and requiring an absolute fusion of poise and raw power. Awesome!


This is the left of two routes and a number of variations that begin on the wall just left of the obvious arete (Biology of Small Appliances). The route continues more or less straight up the wall, while two variations (Raggedy Andy, .12a *** and Raggedy Ann, .11d ***) take off from the 5th and 6th bolts, I believe. They end at the Young Cynics anchor.

A 60m rope will get you down from the top.


10 bolts, perhaps? Bolted anchor. Some of the hardware continues to age. Status of anchor unknown as of '08, but I believe it had chains.

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By Ben Gilkison
Jan 29, 2014

Got on this route back in 2007. Last Sat I went back up there to try and finish it. The Earwax Wall routes (other than sideshow) have been severely neglected and it took about an hour of scrubbing just to see the holds. Once scrubbed, I spent another hour trying to unlock the moves. Not sure if height would help on this climb; but I found the climbing far far far harder than 12b/c. I think if this was anywhere else (i.e. Yosemite or Squamish...) it would be at least 12d/13a. I'd be curious of other successful redpoints. Andrew P. did it back in 2007. Obviously DeKlerk. Who else? It is also quite possible that holds have broken off. The crux face is comprised of patina based holds.

Regardless, I'm psyched to get back up there and finish it. Antidote... is completely unclimbable due to dirt & moss. I'll see if I can scrub it up.

And yes, the routes anchor has chains.

Also, there are three fixed lines on the wall. Anyone know whose lines they are? Hopefully they belong to someone with a penchant for brushing.
By Drewsky
Feb 7, 2014

I don't know how we even got up this thing in '07, because we didn't really scrub it and it was dirty then too. Maybe it's gotten dirtier since. I do recall it being the one time I've ever used a stick clip on lead because the crux is sharp and hard as nails and my skin was depleting rapidly. The top of the climb above the crux just doesn't let up either. I don't remember if it was reachy but I remember that it was hard. Fully agree that it's .12c only in the Index grading vortex.
By Ben Gilkison
Mar 9, 2014

This is route has been scrubbed clean. Feb 2nd, 2014.
By Drewsky
Mar 10, 2014

Redpoint this thing and report back with your findings!
By Ben Gilkison
Jan 14, 2015

Finished SOI yesterday Drew. Stout 12+ is probably a fair grade. Now you get back up there and try the direct version I bolted via the start of Antidote. :->

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