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White Lightning 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type: Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Peter Young, John Lawrence, Peter Prandoni - 1972
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Submitted By: Coz Teplitz on Mar 1, 2007
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    Perhaps the best route on Table Rock. 2 fantastic corners connected with some fun face.

    This climb connects the first pitch of True Grit with the second pitch of White Light. The rest of the original lines are rarely done and are highly vegetated.

    P1: Stem and jam your way up the fantastic corner. At the top, exit left, then climb up and right along crack systems on a nice slab. Belay at a semi-hanging stance in small corner below a large, arching crack.

    P2: Step right from the belay and climb out under the roof, then turn the lip where the roof ends and climb the fun corner until where it gets dirty. Look for a clean, almost horizontal traverse right onto a moss clod ledge. Follow this ledge over to the pitons on the North Ridge.

    P3: Rap from this pin nest (one 60 m rope will get you to the ground), or continue up the North Ridge (5.5).


    About 200 ft downhill (left) of North Ridge. From the parking lot, hike up the summit trail a few hundred yards until the East Face climber's trail cuts right. Take this trail around under the East Face shortly after Helmet/Slippin' into Darkness, the trail turns and starts to climb uphill. Follow it past the Cave Route, over some boulders, and continue for about 200 yards until a small clearing immediately underneath a large, clean, right-facing dihedral about 80 feet high. That's your route.


    Nuts, cams to 3".

    There is sometimes fixed gear at the P1 belay, but don't count on it.

    The pin nest at the end of P2 usually has a solid rap station. You can rap to the ground from here with one 60 m rope.

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    By saxfiend
    From: Decatur, GA
    Mar 1, 2007

    I was really wanting to lead this one after seeing the great pictures in the guidebook, but didn't get around to it last time I was there. Next time, it's my top priority!

    By sam.f
    From: Santa Cruz, CA
    Dec 31, 2007

    You should! It's the best moderate route I've done at Table Rock. If you're up for it I would also highly recommend Waste a Bit, its more difficult neighbor immediately to the left; also very fun/high quality for Table Rock.

    By Floridaputz
    From: Oakland Park, Florida
    Feb 19, 2008

    I found I was mostly able to stem up the first pitch with very secure jamming. This crack eat's protection. The exit out of the crack left is easy if you are patient. There is still some work left to get to the belay. Continue up p2 past right leaning crack to ledge and we hopped on N ridge to top.

    By TomCaldwell
    From: Clemson, S.C.
    Jun 8, 2009

    Super cool aesthetic feature, but I thought the corner on Slippin' was better. It was nice that this one was a multi, but I wish that second pitch was a bit longer. Oh well, fun regardless.

    By ziggy
    Nov 17, 2009

    best route i have climbed at table rock. some people feel that 5.8 is a bit stiff for the grade, but I think if you take the time to look around and know how to stem, this route can easily be 5.8. gear is ample and bomber.

    By Benjamin S.
    From: Fairview (Nashville), TN
    Apr 4, 2010

    This is easily my favorite route on Table Rock so far. P1 is techy enough to keep you focused with all the stemming and such, and P2 is just absolute fun. Nothing scary about White Lightning; great gear, great views of the gorge and Hawksbill. Highly recommended.

    By Sarah Crosier
    From: Oneonta, NY
    Dec 25, 2010

    I started leading up this and then it started to rain. So disappointed. I'm coming back for it some day!

    By Chris Massey
    Oct 3, 2012

    Lead all pitches of the route last weekend. First time in many years. I had forgotton just how good it is. Solid gear and great climbing. Fixed gear was still in place at the top P1. Four pieces that looked solid, along with webbing and a cord with a ring and oval. Nice to not have to build it. Pins at the end of P2 on North Ridge also looked good, if not getting a little old. If you are there and climb 5.8 do this one!

    By Jonathan Dull
    From: NC High County
    Nov 21, 2012
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

    Great Climb! The first pitch corner is steep, fun, well protected and has a couple strenuous moves for the shorty. The fixed belay is still intact atop the first pitch (two pieces and old webbing)as of 11-20-12; a couple tri-cams back up the belay very well. The second pitch is a good as it looks, just ends a little to early!

    By Lee Collette
    Apr 11, 2013

    Cody...Get Corey up there with you and remove that block!!! Never under estimate the power of people to pull on questionable rock. I usually take a few extra pieces of webbing or cord to donate to the pin nest at the top of pitch 2 and cut away the old stuff.

    All this aside, this climb is fantastic and well worth a go for anyone who is looking for a stellar moderate!

    By Shadrock
    From: Washington, DC
    Sep 3, 2013

    Absolutely superb route. If you're looking for a good test-piece at the grade this is it. Don't worry about the reputation: everything is there and the gear is so solid you can get by with flailing a lot (I did). At the time of writing there's still fixed gear and webbing at the top of P1 that's looking a little weathered but sill solid. There's also a very solid nut w/ a few 'biners on an orange sling. I'm assuming somebody backed up the anchor to rap off? In any event, we left it as it compliments the fixed gear for a nice ready-made anchor. Cordelette on P2 is still in very good shape.