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Porifera S 


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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Tom clipping his way through Porifera
Tom clipping his way through Porifera

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

Up the hill from where these routes start, Rich Ludwig belayed me 20 feet or so up 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 times.

We called them The Jug Hauls, Left and Right. Working the moves, the swings out were exhilarating. Tim, that day, was busy over on The Promontory working the moves of Great White, but later he and all of us, were psyched at the intensity of these gymnastic lines. So, he did NOT get the FA as a TR--that would be Rich and I, 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.
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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