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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Terri Condon, Steve Elia, Tony Sartin (Feb.14, 2011)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: terri condon on Feb 28, 2011

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Supernova climbs up a vertical, technical face with a crux near its fourth bolt on small crimpers. After the fifth bolt an overhang is encountered. Clip a sixth bolt above the roof, surmount it, and climb a crack up and left joining Focus for its final 2 bolts. Once you reach the main ledge, instead of clipping the anchor bolts for Focus to your left, continue straight up on big holds and very steep rock past 4 bolts to a small ledge. More technical face climbing past 3 bolts leads to a deceptive final sequence to reach the anchors.


Located in the Central Gorge at the Solarium between Focus and Black Hole. You can lower off this route with a 70m rope, or with a 60m rope you can LPL to the Focus anchor.


15 bolts to a 2-bolt mussy hook anchor

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By Tom Helvie
From: Bishop, CA
Mar 2, 2011

Hey Terri, just letting you know there's already a route in the gorge named White Dwarf. It's a trad route at the Atilla the Hun Wall.
By terri condon
Mar 7, 2011

Thanks tom. I fixed it.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Feb 25, 2014
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

I loved this route! Other than the rock quality through the overhanging section and, in my mind, questionable bolt protecting the last moves before turning the roof this is one of the best routes I have done in the Gorge. Awesome!

The first half to the ledge is 4 stars on its own and in my opinion a much better line than Focus.

But if this route is 11b Marty Party and Venom are 11a.
By G Halsne
Jan 7, 2015

LOVED IT!!! Full value all the way! to the chains. But a bit of confusion on where it started lead me accidentally climb the first part of Supernova and clip the Focus chains ( thinking supernova was focus ) So I went back and climbed Focus and then kept climbing the second half of Supernova...the now birthed, UltraClassic- "SuperFocus"

Also- add me to the list of Upgraders- I thought it was almost as hard as Venom and Santana, especially the last 20 Ft.

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