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Ride the Lightning 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 500', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Joseph Puryear & Stoney Richards
Season: spring and fall, its south facing
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Submitted By: Drederek on Nov 21, 2013

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Ride the Lightning is a great route that suffers from less than stellar rock quality. Decent pro when you need it and bolts on the faces. The first two pitches are probably worth doing for anyone, after that I'd say only the adventurous need continue as the rock steadily gets looser as you ascend.
P1 ascend the face below the obvious roof.
P2 more face leads to a great corner.
P3 work left around the roof and up.
P4 more bolts lead you thru some questionable stone.
P5 follow cracks thru some overlaps and a couple bolts, the rock gets better again for this crux(?) pitch.
P6 head up and right on somewhat easier ground looking for a bottoming out hand crack just before you get to the gully. Belay below a large outcrop to protect the belayer on the final pitch.
P7 head up into lowangled looseness toward a small pine tree across in places piles of dinnerplate sized rocks piled who knows how deep.
We walked off climbers left past some cairns to the large obvious gully and down it with one short rap about halfway down.


Park at the well, a mile or two after you first see the wall coming from the east. the trail starts there and leads to the base.


Single rack and a dozen draws and some longer slings should do it. The first 4 belays (maybe 5) are bolted, after that its probably easier to go over the top than back down the route.

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Starting into the route's technical crux.
Starting into the route's technical crux.

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May 6, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The folks who put up the route have an excellent, consise description of it here: cascadeimages.com/cr/tieton/rt...

This is a really fun route, even though I got more adventure than I bargained for on it. If you want the full story, you can read my long-winded trip report here: rocknropenw.com/2014/05/05/rid...

If I did it again, I'd bring 16 draws (half sport quickdraws, half alpine-draws,) and BD C4 cams #0.75 through #4, with doubles of #1, #2, & #3. The first three pitches have chains for rappelling. The remaining pitches end at pairs of bolts without chains, except for the top of pitch 7 where I believe you belay off a tree.
By Tom Beirne
From: 'Bama
Jun 22, 2015

Get your adventure hat: lots of flexing, hollow, or breaking holds on pitch 1/2.

Gear: As described. Leave the C4 #3 and #4 and take triples in C4 #1 and #2.

The crack is spectacular, but the same or higher quality exists at the Bend. Would not recommend following another party on this climb without helmet /sunglasses.
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