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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Steve Sangdahl and Jack Klien 1982
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Submitted By: TravisMelin on Jul 2, 2007

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Hydroponics start Photo by Steve Sangdahl


Climb obvious cracks on the river side of the tower. Most people start this from the notch between the tower and main bluff line and traverse into the crack. To add an extra bit of difficulty do the V1 crack that start at the very base of the tower.


On the riverside of the coyote tower.


Plenty of small cams or wires, chain anchors

Photos of Hydroponics Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the crux.
Working the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: John doing the V1 start of Hydroponics
John doing the V1 start of Hydroponics
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo credit to Nick Pritchard
BETA PHOTO: Photo credit to Nick Pritchard
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the route.
BETA PHOTO: View of the route.

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By nathankutcher
Jun 6, 2008

This route is called Hydroponics I don't know who did the FA.
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Jun 8, 2008

we did this in the early 1980's (1982 ? ) steve sangdahl and jack klien
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Apr 13, 2009

the twin cracks up top are really fun.
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Apr 13, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I agree with the most recent statement. This is a super fun route, esp. up high on the cracks. Get on it! Not a 5.8 gimme.
By Tradoholic
Jun 29, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Rated 5.9+ in Ryan's guidebook.
By John W. Knoernschild
From: Wisconsin
Sep 7, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

If you do the V1 start to Hydroponics, this climb feels like a 5.10. Great climbing all the way!
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse
Aug 5, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

You should definitely do the V1 start but IMO it doesn't make the route any harder because after the V1 start you can rest on a ledge back to 100% if you want. Definitely a route worth doing though! If only the twin cracks went on for another 50 feet!

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