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Potash Bong Hit 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Greg D on Feb 9, 2008
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BETA PHOTO: at the base of Static Cling. Potash Bong Hit is t...


Start 15 left of Static Cling. Do a few moves to get into the splitter hand crack formed by the main wall and a giant flake that leans into the corner to the right that forms Static Cling. Climb the splitter then follow the crack up the most obvious line which trends right and widens about 30 feet up until you reach the Static Cling anchors. A bit harder for small hands or people with little jamming experience.

This climb is described in some guide books as a top rope. It protects well the entire climb but the fact that you are climbing a giant detached flake becomes more obvious the higher you climb. The flake must weight many tons and is reasonbly solid but I suggest placing cams on the upper section in such a way that the outward force of a cam would exert a force on the flake pushing left/right of you as you face the rock (toward Static Cling) versus into/away from the rock (toward the road). It may be possible to push the flake outward but definitely not to the right toward Static Cling. This may not be possible in the wide section but is possible on the upper part of the route.

Thump the flake up high with the heal of your hand and discover where the name of the climb came from. Sorry, the name doesn't refer to taking a bong hit.


This route is right of Skeletonic and just left of Static Cling and shares the same anchors as Static Cling.


Camolots: single set from .5 to 4. Extra 1's and 2's for the hand crack.

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Climbing Potash Bong Hit after a flash flood downpour. Summer 2013
Climbing Potash Bong Hit after a flash flood downp...
Potash approach
Potash approach
exiting the crack was the crux for me. There is an excellent rest after this.
exiting the crack was the crux for me. There is an...
starting up the splitter hand crack 15 from the ground
starting up the splitter hand crack 15 from the gr...
Tim H at the top of Potash Bong Hit (below  and left) and Static Cling (directly below and chalky) same achors.
Tim H at the top of Potash Bong Hit (below and le...
Higher on the route
Higher on the route
finishing the splitter hand crack and into the funkier but easier climbing.
finishing the splitter hand crack and into the fun...
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By Greg D
From: Here
Mar 15, 2008

A new variation exist, put up in 07. After climbing the hand crack, head out left past some bolts to anchors. See description of Good, The Bad and the Potash 11b/c.

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
Mar 23, 2008

The upper section is deeply frightening to climb, but seems solid enough. The hand crack that makes up the first half of the climb is really good.

By Greg D
From: Here
Jan 30, 2009

I have noticed three people have suggested this route is harder than 9. I think this route may be a bit harder for small hands or people with little jamming experience. But all in all I think this route is no harder than Flakes of Wrath, Bad Moki Roof or Eyes of Falina, all 9's. So, I believe the 9 rating is fair for this area.

By BenCooper
From: Chicago, IL
Aug 13, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Greg D -
Agreed. Small hands would certainly up the difficulty level, but in terms of desert hand cracks, this is a 9. Also, I found this route significantly easier the cruxes of Flakes and Bad Moki.

By Tyson W.
From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 22, 2013

This is a classic line.

The only draw back (which is really a plus for wusses like me) is that it sets you up perfectly for a TR preview of the 4 star .11 line right next to it, dashing any hopes of an OS attempt.

But don't fret, red points are cool too.