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Phosphorescent Flow 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Lechlinksi, Gilje, & Gingery
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 18, 2006
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so beautiful!!


Phosphorescent Flow takes the right arete of the huge buttress on the lower west face of the Witch. This buttress has Gorilla Warfare on its left side and The Pit and the Pendulum to the right. Spot a first and second bolt way the heck up there...

Getting past these first two bolts is quite terrifying -- you're looking at certain injury and possibly worse if you blow it, but the climbing is really good and the holds are all positive. A great approach/warm up to the harder climbs on the upper south face of the Witch.

It is possible to rap to various anchors with a single 70m rope to get down from this long pitch.


Draws, plus a few finger-sized cams to protect some of the runouts in the middle section of the route.

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Chris Abbott doing what he loves best - slab with a bit of a runnout
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By Pat Nay
Jan 17, 2007

Mari Gingery did the FA of this route.

Greg Vernon rebolted it with chicken bolts, but they were removed and it is now in it's original condition.

By Kris Solem
From: Monrovia, CA
Feb 19, 2008

In it's original form, this climb was always a favorite of mine. The bolts were in the perfect places protecting the harder moves. When GV rebolted it he removed the originals, and increased the count with bolts in new locations. Then some gents I know went and chopped enough of GV's new bolts to bring the count back down to 3 (I think that was the original number) but they were not in the correct places any more. I know, 'cause I went and did it and the harder moves were not well protected, as they were. Unless this has been remedied since then, the route cannot be said to be in it's original condition.

This whole episode is unfortunate, imo.

By fubar
From: Babylon
Jun 10, 2010

This climb is heady, but never frightening. You must make one move high above the first bolt, and the climbing is fairly continuous 5.9/10a until there. Eases up quite a bit after that; I amused myself with some knob tie-offs that were pretty worthless. Incredible rock, beautiful line.

By Richard Shore
Jul 2, 2012

Sustained face climbing, and surely a hair-raising lead! Can be toproped easily with a 70m cord. From the P1 anchor of Witch Doctor, make a short rap to the belay/rap bolts for Phosphorescent Flow. The 70m rope will just barely reach the starting ledge, so tie some stopper knots in the ends!