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YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: FA: Tim Whilhelmi '91 FFA: Paul Humphrey "96
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Submitted By: grizz on Jun 9, 2009

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Tom Ogden on the start of Porifera.


Steep, well featured rock on the right hand side of South Rock. Solid rock.


South Rock


Seven bolts, two bolt anchor

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By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Jan 22, 2010

After seeing this virgin line, and not wanting take time to drill off hooks to lead this line, we went up right from where these routes start, Rich Ludwig belayed me 20 feet or so up a groove/crack to the little ledge at the top to access these routes. I put an anchor in and we TR'd this "Porifera" route and a harder variation to the right\left? (Osteoporosis?) many terrific times; at first pulling off potato-crisp-like bits of rock as we found which solution pockets worked, then hung on aforementioned hooks to wire brush holds. Working the moves, the swings out were exhilarating.

We called them The Jug Hauls, Left and Right.

Then later, we, and Tim's drill, got busy with the Great White, and never got to bolt the two routes we'd had a blast pioneering. (I wonder what happened to my anchor pins and rap rings? Unmentioned booty, no doubt.)
Tim, that day took a few turns on these routes, but was busy over on The Promontory working the moves of Great White, deciding where he'd bolt with his gun. So, he did NOT get the FA as a TR--that would be all three of us, and I seriously doubt he came back later and aided it for the first lead ascent. Those who put in the bolts and led it first, get credit for that, who I thought was Paul Humphrey and Eric Chemello.
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Aug 2, 2012

I always thought a rising traverse, west, right to left, would go here.

As I recall, scoping the start years ago, one start steps over the abyss from a rock below the nice shelf at the bottom of these "Jug Haul" routes.

Even now, it awaits one who would be up for a considerable expense and an extraordinary multi-pitch adventure, but perhaps might involve some bat-hooking between your ss glue-ins to connect those obviously enticing west face features...who knows, there might be a line that goes and encircles the whole formation.

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