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YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: RMWright, Pat Burwick, August 2009
New Route: Yes
Season: typical of Empire in general
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Aug 17, 2009

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Speed of Light begins in the obvious dihedral on the left side and fires up on largely moderate terrain. The crux comes in solving the final headwall just below the rap anchors. Climbing is on largely excellent rock, fun, and not particularly pumpy. Save some gas for the finishing moves since the solution to the final headwall is not obvious from the first go. The climbing on SOL was varied, interesting, and pretty well stitched up.


This is the first route right of Neda and running to the top of the crag. SOL is on the left side of the West Face of the East Buttress, the large crag above The Lair.


15 draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top. This route requires (sic) either a 70 meter rope or double ropes to descend via a single rap. A 60 meter rope will not reach ground in a single rap!!! Alternatively, one can rap to the anchor on Neda and do it in two steps.

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By Harald Harb
From: Dumont
Jun 10, 2017
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Just great climbing and rock. No one comes up here. If you up for adventure, this whole area, RA and Halidome, is a tribute to Richard Wright, a lost friend, great climber, and prolific route developer.

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