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The Right Hand of Light 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Robert Alexander & Lance Gunnersen
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Submitted By: Eric Burt on Apr 15, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Right Hand of Light 5.10c (TR)

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This is a challenging route that will reward careful inspection of all resources available! The crux comes at the beginning and creative use of counter pressure and body position will be helpful. Higher up the route is easier, but only by a letter grade or so.


This route is on the right side of the West face of Lava Dome. It can easily be located by the bolted anchor at the top. Start on the top of a big ledge to the right of Standing Ovation. This ledge is most easily reached by scrambling from the right side of the formation.


I followed Vogel's description of this route as a TR, though when we did it there were bolts on the route (3 or 4), so unless they have been removed, it could be led. A two-bolt anchor is at the top.

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By Bob Gaines
Feb 16, 2010

I think Eric is describing Mauna Kea here (he wrote this before I posted the new info). The Right Hand of Light is actually an old TR in the vicinity of Mauna Loa. It goes straight up the face and thin seam just slightly left of Mauna Loa on excellent quality rock.

Standing Ovation is the next route, just to the left, that follows another vertical seam that accepts pro.
By Robert Alexander
Apr 7, 2013

Bob Gaines is correct. I did the 1st Ascent with Lance Gunnersen in the mid-1980's and being 1st I chose the name "The Right Hand of Light". - Robert Alexander

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