Type: Sport, 110 ft
FA: Randy Leavitt, Brian Spiewak and Glenn Svenson April 2003
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Shared By: Kemper Brightman on Jan 5, 2016
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This truly iconic route ascends the back-bone of Triton Tower, threading a series of huecos into a knife-edge arete above. It was featured on the cover of Rock and Ice in 2005 and is worthy of all the praise it has received since then. After falling prey to a rather prolific bolt chopper, the route was graciously re-bolted by Mike Maiden and Gordy Schafer. For a route that has been called "the best pitch of 5.12 anywhere", Resistance sees much less traffic than you'd expect.

According to Randy Leavitt:

"[Pockets of Resistance] is a brilliant combination of huecos, pockets, cutter edges, gastons and arete climbing. It is varied, exciting, technical and a little pumpy. I believe it is the best rock climb in San Diego. If you aspire to climb this grade, you should get on it. I originally rated 12b, but I am getting enough 12c ratings (and rave reviews), that I think 12c is closer to the grade of the climb"

The best way to approach the bottom of the route is to climb Supply Line to Not So Grassy Ledge, then hit the anchor just right of the Swiftness. It is also possible to climb Triton Tower and continue the traverse to the appropriate anchor.

To work the route from the top down, the best method is to climb the first two pitches of Triton Tower with a 70m rope, then Climb the next pitch, traverse over to the anchor for Pockets of Resistance, clip in and lower as you hang the draws and figure out the sequence.


Quickdraws and a 70m rope. You may be able to lower with a 60m, but it would be close. Rumor has it you can TR with a 80m from Not So Grassy Ledge!


Boulder, CO
SCherry   Boulder, CO
Always thought this thing was stout at the 12b grade. Hard at the opening if you're short and then challenging, varied and heady the rest of the way.

Kemper how did you traverse over to the anchors from Triton? Or do you mean traversing over to the anchors on Halcyon and working just the bottom half? Jan 8, 2016
Greg Parker
Cardiff, CA
Greg Parker   Cardiff, CA  
From the topo, it looks like you could climb the last pitch of Meteor (the 5.7 above the 11a pitch of Triton Tower). That should take you to the top of the tower. Couldn't you get over to the anchors of Pockets from there? I was just scoping out the possibility to do this very thing... Jan 13, 2016
Kemper Brightman
Kemper Brightman   Tucson
Hey Sasha, Greg nailed it. Pass the last anchor for Triton Tower and continue up the slab of Meteor above, then traverse right to get to the anchor for Pockets. You can hang draws on the way down, then have your follower clean the pitch from the end of Triton to your anchor at the top of Pockets and lower from there. Jan 18, 2016