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This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Funk Rock City

Cascading Wind

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Flashlight 5.12c (Sport)

First Ascent: Porter Jarrard in 1992
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Walk 50 feet right of Funkadelic to a short arete just left of a large overhang. Begin on the short arete and move up through the pocketed face to a vertical finish.
Moves: Pockets
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: NFS: Clifty Wilderness Area

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 18th, 2005


t bone said on January 17th, 2003
its a little sporty from the last bolt to the anchors, and there is a hard move up there
dustonian said on October 26th, 2009
since the fence is well right of this route, is it open to climb now?
coolbreeze said on March 17th, 2014
Anybody know the answer to Dustonian's question?
Shannon said on March 18th, 2014
I was present the day the USFS archaeologists erected the fence. As explained to me by the archaeologists the start to Flashlight was never intended to be closed to climbing. The fence was intended to prevent disturbance to the rock shelter to the right of Flashlight. So, yes, Flashlight is presumably open to climbing. Enjoy!
Anonymous said on March 18th, 2014
Thanks Shannon! That was my initial guess, but it never hurts to have information like this in plain sight.
Willy said on November 24th, 2016
This one ever get rebooted?
Jeff said on November 24th, 2016
Don't think so. Believed it to be a closed route.
DrRockso said on March 5th, 2020
Desperately needs a rebolt!
Mdjagg said on March 5th, 2020
Tell Ian to give me enough bolts/glue to do this one and Eyeball Chaw, plus sell me some to bolt one additional route, and I'll do both.
Anonymous said on March 5th, 2020
How many glue-ins have you placed? Have you ever reused a hole when rebolting? Have you ever hand-drilled a bolt? Your persona thus far suggests you are probably underqualified.
Anonymous said on March 5th, 2020
Hi I'm Mdjagg and I'm gonna send (and fuck up the bolts on) your proj. Also I take big big poops
Mdjagg said on March 5th, 2020
Placed around 250 glueins, all done with clean aid, most of which was on steep terrain. And yeah, I would re use the holes. I'd buy a rocpec, but since I'd like to reuse the existing holes, I won't need a hammer drill anyways. I'd bring an actual drill to rough up the insides of the holes though, but it's basically noiseless compared to a hammer drill.
Jackiefreesh said on March 5th, 2020
Maybe its time for Anonymous to turn the blow torch down a bit. Matthew has has made some brash comments and mistakes but his willingness to help rebolt should be encouraged. Shut tfu and donate time and/or money to the FGI.
shadow.ayala said on March 6th, 2020
Anything other than a hand drill is not allowed in the gorge proper. Please educate yourself about the area. Knowing is half the battle.
Anonymous said on March 6th, 2020
Absolutely no power drills may be used in Clifty Wilderness designation, please do not do this. One of the best crags in the Red is not the place to try and figure out how to reuse holes with no experience having ever done that.
Mdjagg said on March 6th, 2020
Aiight, no Motorized Equipment, I see. Well, I'll grab a rocpec if the deal goes through. Ian and Erik know how to get ahold of me if they're into it.
Jeff said on March 6th, 2020
FRC was the first big re-bolt a crag project using glue-ins. We weren't sure at the time if glue-ins were the answer because they were fairly new, at least at the Red. It's been 10 years now, I haven't been out here in a long time. How are they holding up? I assume they are fine?
Mdjagg said on March 6th, 2020
Glue ins are the future, 100%. They were doing great last weekend and looked brand new. I'd argue maybe there could be a couple more on those easy slabs though, whew!
DrRockso said on March 8th, 2020
Jeff, the bolts and anchor hardware out there look excellent, like the day you placed it. Thanks for all the hard work. I think each developer adopting a crag would be a great model.
Jeff said on March 9th, 2020
Glad to hear it Erik. Also, I might have clarified, the concern about glue-ins was more about the longevity of the glue itself and the possibility that people might lower (bail) directly off of one bolt. Love the adopt a crag idea. One year left to work and I might get back at it after that.