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Deep Throat 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: John Bachar, Tobin Sorenson, Bill Antel & Craig Parsley, 1975
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 1, 2005

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Description 

There seems to be two different ways to do this unique route - the first way involves coming out of the hole from inside the rock and then worming into position to tackle the short wide section of crack above. The second method is to grab the bottom of the hole (it's possible to sling the hole for pro), mantle up and then reach into the crack to establish yourself. Once in the wide crack above (4" pro is helpful) a few offwidth moves give way to easier climbing as the angle kicks back on the way to the top.

Short and engaging, this is one of a handful of routes at Joshua Tree that offers totally unique movement not typically found on other climbs of the area. Two stars out of five.

Location 

High atop the Mounds formation, on a blocky section dubbed the "Porno Block", is where you'll find this short, southwest-facing route. Approach via slabs from the right (southeast) to reach a spacious ledge system which also accesses the routes Caligula and Behind the Green Door. Keep walking left to the base of an obvious widening crack above a distinct hole in the rock.

Protection 

pro to 4"


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"Deep Throat". Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Deep Throat". Photo by Blitzo.
Deep Throat, 5.9
BETA PHOTO: Deep Throat, 5.9

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By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 11, 2007

According to IMDB, "Deep Throat", the 1972 release starring Linda Lovelace was "possibly the most culturally influential porn film ever made".

Legend has it that Tobin Sorenson named the route, which was unusual given his "squeaky clean personality".
By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 6, 2010

Per Craig Parsley via email:

"You note that legend has it that Tobin named the route Deep Throat. This is fact. He did so upon exiting the hole in the face, crying out, "I think we should call this Deep Throat." I was on the first with he and others. May he RIP.

Another fascinating factoid about Tobin is that whenever he was scared he would sing the Cat Stevens song, "Miles From Nowhere."
By Ian McEleney
From: at large
Mar 3, 2011

I've done this a third way. Climb the crack left of the hole through the roof, using the hole to get established on the face. However it's done, a fun little route.