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The West Face 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b R [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Mar 2, 2002

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The right west-facing route on the Bubble.Full of pockets, since there's a little more lateral movement on this route, it seemed trickier, though less physically taxing than its neighbor, solar power.


4 botlts to a 2 bolt anchor. The first bolt is pretty far off the ground, so stick clip it if you're not into that sort of thing.

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Rock Climbing Photo: West Face!  Mrs. Dodrill Throwing down
West Face! Mrs. Dodrill Throwing down
Rock Climbing Photo: Gwen Johnson follows "West Facing" on TR...
Gwen Johnson follows "West Facing" on TR...

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By Floyd Hayes
Oct 27, 2008
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I think it's "West Face" rather than "West Facing." The first bolt is easy to reach but if you're queasy about it you can place a cam before it. I think there is a new bolt lower down for a more direct approach to the first bolt.
By drunkenmaster
From: santa rosa, cali
Dec 23, 2008

I dont know where the ing came from - this route is called "The West Face" not "west facing" although it is west facing - and most people including myself think it is 5.10c not d. Either way - its a great route with a hella great view!
By Salamanizer suchoski
From: Vacaville Ca.
Jul 25, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Where is the R part? I must have missed it.
By Floyd Hayes
Oct 19, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

If cruising straight up to the top, the crux is poking a couple of fingers in a tiny, hard-to-find hole about a foot above the 4th (final) bolt and then cranking up some funky lieback moves. Some climbers bypass the crux by traversing left and clipping an old, rusty bolt before topping out--it's a slightly easier finish.
By Kyle Townsend
From: Oakland, CA
Jul 1, 2012
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

This is a good line! It felt 10d to me, with a technical crux up high requiring good footwork. I put new chains on the bolted face anchors on 6/27/2012. This and solar power are both short but excellent lines.

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