I have led the 1st pitch of Lost Soles a bunch of times and think every time that the bolt was placed about as dumbly as possible. There is a difference between bold and stupid. Bold you run it to the next stance and drill. Stupid you skip the stance. Apparently P 1 is not a deterant to folks climbing the route as they seem to simply traverse accross from Inferno so the gatekeeper theory does not work. If it was my FA I would move the 1st bolt down about 6" as I don't like hack jobs. That being said it's not my FA so I am ok with the locations, not the condition of the fixed gear. I believe the one biner breaker bolt on P2 was moved years ago. Most of the belays are total hack jobs and in poor condition. Many of the bolts look poorly placed/ not flush with the rock and of a style that I am not familiar with so no way of knowing how long they are. Some of the hangers were bent the last time I was up there. The 1st bolt on P3 is close to the belay. Even a very short fall on this bolt creates a huge force with much of that force outward. I took a short fall on that bolt and it was one of the hardest falls I have ever taken. The bolt looks like crap. often looks don't tell the whole story with bolts. Good looking bolts can clean easy and bad looking ones ocasionaly are a real bitch to replace. I have also had bad looking bolts clean super easy.. INMOP the 1st bolt on P3 should be a 10mmm epoxy.
Anyone who wishes to argue that P1 is not R I would love to see you volenteer to fall before the 1st clip, anywhere on the greasy traverse before the pin after the overlap on a hot muggy day and anywhere near the pin by the little round solution pocket
Its really quite fun when you find yourself out of sequence to clip that last pin
Frik. as far as Duet goes it sounds like you are argueing simply for the sake of argueing? You have to climb a full pitch of Cannon 5.8 to get to the corner and it feels like the obvious 1st pitch of the climb.