This climb was not included in the earlier version of the guidebook, so we had never done it. It is however a really good 5.10 line, which follows the very obvious water streak that drops from a hanging bowl on the NE face of Rainbow Mountain, the left "gate" of Juniper Canyon. The route is also part of the descent from the Ginger Cracks, another good 5.9 line in the area.
The climb features a varied combination of face, slab, and corner climbing. The first pitch (5.8+) follows 6 bolts up and right on a white face to a bolted anchor. We found the rock a bit crumbly on this face. The next pitch is the best one. It starts up a beautiful crack on traditional pro. When the crack peters out, it traverses right on slab (5.10 crux) into an obvious right-facing and left-leaning dihedral. The last pitch follows that dihedral to the top of the water streak. Three double rope rappels drop one back to their packs.
Power Failure, Red Rocks, NV
|Rainbow Mountain; Power Failure sits just right of the prominent water streak; nearby Ginger Cracks follows the sun-shade line further right.|
|Lucie following the traverse on the first pitch.|
|The nice crack that starts the second pitch.|
|Top of the second pitch. Nice vest!|
|The left leaning corner of the 3rd pitch.|
|Last moves to the top.|
|Panoramic view from the second belay; Calico Hills on the left and the Blue Diamond mine hill on the right (in imminent danger of development, info here)|