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Darkness 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b/c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b [details]
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Submitted By: Ryan Palo on Oct 17, 2006
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Description 

The Siege could be considered the test piece of French'es Dome. The business comes early on this route, the first 20 feet contain the crux. Tenuous sidepulls coupled with a few long lockoffs characterize the crux, into an interested match. As you move over the bulge the climbing eases off greatly, so long as your pump doesn't ruin your redpoint.


Location 

To the right of Pump-o-Roma


Protection 

8 or 9 bolts, two bolt anchor



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By phillip
Jul 16, 2010
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b

For the record- Dave Sowerby called this thing The Dark Side.

I ripped a hold off that changed the sequence of the crux, but strangely didn't make the route more difficult, just different.

By Eric Schnepel
From: Portland
Aug 3, 2011
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b

Super fun route. Maybe the best on the Dome; if a bit chossy. Definitely much more powerful than Pump-o-rama, but much less pumpy. I would say the bouldery and sequential moves down low definitely make it a notch more difficult than Pump. Maybe 12c minus