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Routes in The Great Potato (Mt. Ore Ida)

East Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
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Elevation: 8,666 ft
GPS: 33.884, -107.473 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jason Halladay on Sep 30, 2017
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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The Great Potato (a.k.a. Mt. Ore Ida) is the most obvious and impressive tower formation in Potato Canyon. At about 200’ high on its south side and over a 100’ high on the north side (it’s on the side of a small ridge so the downhill side is taller) it’s an awesome sight to be seen. I first read about the formation in Philip Simon’s “Tower Tales” story where the tower is fabled to have pockets and huecos all over it. In reality, it’s a relatively poor-quality rock for climbing with, as best I can tell, not a single pocket or hueco on it. This helps explain the lack of traffic climbing on this awesome formation.
Nonetheless, there is a single route to its complex, wild summit...the two pitch east ridge. While the east ridge goes at a modest 5.6, the rock is highly friable and natural protection opportunities are completely non-existent. This is a not a climb for those new to choss--one must pull down, not out and steel the nerves despite the easy climbing grade.

Getting There [Edit]

Follow the approach beta for Potato Canyon. Hike time from the FR138 road takes 45 minutes to an hour.

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