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Podophobia is a cool pitch if you like techy slab climbing. The grade is an early guesstimate. It might feel easier if you're a tech master, or harder if you've been hanging out at the gym too much.
Solo up a dirty 5.7 seam to a high first bolt just above the obvious ledge system that splits the wall, or climb a cleaner 5.9 slab with one bolt to the left. A few bolts lead up into the obvious roof feature. Undercling rightward on somewhat flaky rock, until it is possible to pull over the roof (this happens a bit farther right than you might think). Here things clean up. Follow techy slab climbing up and right, with a cool finishing sequence at the second to last bolt. Eventually gain the 2 bolt anchor shared with the Arch Angel
Apologies for the schizophrenic bolting. This section of the wall had some random exploration bolts, and I felt it was better to leave what was there and add what was needed rather than drill more bolts just to make very minor adjustments. I'd recommend putting long slings on bolts 3 and 5 to help alleviate the issue, and also ignore the second two black bolts in the roof. (I'll try to remove these at some point.)
It is the first route to the right of Arch Angel
. You can toprope, or hang draws on the majority of the route from Arch Angel's
12 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.
By Scott Bennett
May 16, 2014
Sweet route! Cool variety of hard moves, some powerful pulls under and over the roof and some tech-9 slabbing up high... felt 2-3 letter grades harder than Archangel.
From: Westminster, CO
2 days ago
Agree w/ Scott, really sweet moves, even though I didn't finish the entire route (decided to bail a few bolts above the roof w/ feet on fire). The face is still a bit dirty, w/ hard to find holds, making the climb a bit "exploratory" in nature. I probably don't have good slab technique anymore, but just the moves below/through the roof felt like a sandbagged 12+ in the Platte, let alone in Boulder Canyon.