You can think of A Stroke of Brilliance as the bolted version of Super Slab. It can be done in 2 or 3 pitches and stays just left of Super Slab up to the same anchors.
Look for the bolted line just to the left of the ramp start of Super Slab and follow it up to a big ledge with bolted anchors. From there traverse left (unprotected) to another big ledge without a bolted anchor. From here look up and left of a hand crack that goes up a steep bulge to find the first bolt. Getting the first bolt isn't easy and is the crux of the climb that gives it its grade. Jam the crack, make the first clip, and step up on top of the bulge to a much easier slabby pebble-pinching line to the top of the Red Wall. Bolts are generously spaced but the climbing is easy and makes for a fun multi-pitch adventure.
Descent: Make a double rope rappel to the start of pitch one, and one more rappel down from there. There is a walk-off on the backside up to Misery Ridge but it looks pretty rough and committing up another unprotected slab
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Given Black Diamond’s reputation for strong and durable hard goods, we decided to give their 9.9mm rope a try as our go to gym rope. The rope is priced right and works great out of the box but early signs of wear in the gym make it hard to give it the nod as a preferred gym rope.