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30 Seconds Over Potash 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kyle Copeland, solo, Nov 1988
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Submitted By: Tradkelly on Sep 1, 2001

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My second trad lead.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This is one of the classic must-do moderate routes. It almost always has someone on it or in line (sorta like Supercrack at IC). And it's definitely worth the wait. Expect a sustained climb with three definite parts, and good rests in between each - it's harder than it looks, and the cruxes are pumpy.

Reach the climb about 350 feet (less than .1 mile) past a large break in the otherwise solid wall of Wall Street. If you pass a long (several hundred feet) section of lower angled slabs, you've gone too far.

Lieback and jam a left-facing corner (with a couple of face features for variety) at the right end of a 3-car turnout for 80' to good anchors on the facing wall. Rap the route.


Standard rack to #3 camalot, small to medium TCUs and chocks, and a pink tri-cam is useful off the ground.

Photos of 30 Seconds Over Potash Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Sanders on TR.  Photo by Angela Arp.
Rick Sanders on TR. Photo by Angela Arp.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing 30 Seconds to Potash at night
Climbing 30 Seconds to Potash at night
Rock Climbing Photo: Grant seconding 30 Seconds Over Potash on a beauti...
Grant seconding 30 Seconds Over Potash on a beauti...
Rock Climbing Photo: Signature sitting belay by Ben.
Signature sitting belay by Ben.
Rock Climbing Photo: First desert lead! Great climb with plenty of rest...
First desert lead! Great climb with plenty of rest...
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper 2/3 of the route from behind-the-belay persp...
BETA PHOTO: Upper 2/3 of the route from behind-the-belay persp...
Rock Climbing Photo: A size 3 cam is nice to have
A size 3 cam is nice to have
Rock Climbing Photo: Our first climb ever on Wallstreet (2011)
Our first climb ever on Wallstreet (2011)
Rock Climbing Photo: Logan Berndt leading 30 Seconds Over Potash.
Logan Berndt leading 30 Seconds Over Potash.
Rock Climbing Photo: the upper crack..sweet jams
the upper crack..sweet jams
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony Bubb gets started on "30 Seconds Over Po...
Tony Bubb gets started on "30 Seconds Over Po...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim Noonan on "30 Seconds Over Potash". ...
Tim Noonan on "30 Seconds Over Potash". ...
Rock Climbing Photo: workin out the lay back section
workin out the lay back section
Rock Climbing Photo: James dancing above Potash Road.
James dancing above Potash Road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool looking line.
Cool looking line.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the route
Looking up at the route
Rock Climbing Photo: 30 Seconds Over Potash
30 Seconds Over Potash
Rock Climbing Photo: Loving it!
Loving it!
Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Barrett on 30 Seconds
Rick Barrett on 30 Seconds
Rock Climbing Photo: 30 seconds
30 seconds
Rock Climbing Photo: cleaning the route
cleaning the route

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By Wes Allen
From: Lexington, KY
Mar 26, 2002

Very fun route, you can stem the thin section pretty easy without have to layback.
By Paul Nelson
Aug 25, 2002

This is one of the best introductions to Wingate climbing in southern UT. Awesome, and it was my first trad lead ever.
By Aki
Mar 31, 2003

Fall of 2003. I found this to be a great first desert lead. In fact it was the first crack I ever climbed in the desert and the first real ( I think ) hand/finger jams i've done. Next time I'll use tape. I'm starting to understand the OW! Anyways, there's excellent protection all the way up and plenty of places to rest and fiddle with gear. Would recommend this to all first time leaders.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 5, 2003
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

The crux is at the bottom and protects well on a few med/large stoppers or TCU's. Take a #3 camalot, contary to the rack advice to a #2. You can do it with nothing bigger than 1.5" but why? You can sew it up if you take a little more.

Good fun, but not a classic. 1.5 stars in my opinion.

A little harder than most 5.8's.
By vince pierce
Dec 13, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Since there is little else on wall street in this range and because the route is so much fun... this climb is often crowded. Lots of good rests and plenty of pro make for a great moderate route.
By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
May 5, 2005
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Two #3 Camalots are recommended to really sew it up. Of course, I only had one!
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 19, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

good climb, two obvious cruxes....i managed to put the #3 in low- ran it out so far, i might as well have soloed the damn thing....
By John Maguire
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 27, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Awesome climb! It helps to have either a standard rack to #3 Camelot or doubles of #2 Camelot...
By Woodson
From: Park City, Ut.
May 16, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Awesome! The crux is definitely low, and is semi reachy. The rest sews up well, and agreed that it"s good to be doubled up on bigger camalots, as I placed #s 1 through 3 up higher.
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 27, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I hate lay-(lie-)backing and found this desperate for a 5.8. My mate also fell off the start several times, so I think it's a case of hard moves close to the ground being under-rated. UK hard 5b. Or maybe I'm just getting too old.
By rick gardiner
From: Grand Junction, CO,
Apr 5, 2010

Rope soloed this climb on 4/2/10 and found it to be harder than Flakes of Wrath. Even on TR after I led it seemed hard for an .8. Better have your crack skills down for this one! Gear to #3 Camalot
By Rob C.
From: Freeport, ME
Oct 31, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is a great climb! The bottom crux is the most difficult. Takes good pro, it's got pretty secure stances to place from, and a #3 cam would be nice here!
By Hendo Henderson
From: Denver, CO
Oct 23, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great climb! I felt like it was made for me (175lb 6ft dude). Perfect hands almost the whole way up. There was always a good stance for placing gear as well. If you can handjam and foot jam properly, then this route is a lot of fun and not too bad. The hardest move is the start b/c it is now pretty slick (from so many attempts), that's the only part I really had to lie-back. You can figure out the other parts without lying back if you're tall enough. Wish I could have done it twice!
By Tyjacobo
From: Salt lake city, UT
Dec 8, 2012

I found this to be harder than a 5.8. Seems more like an 5.9 or 5.10+. Maybe I'm just weak. Used Camelots .75 to #3, and a large stopper for the 1st placement, almost lost it. Apparently a lot of nuts get stuck in this obvious taper.
By Dave Mason
Dec 27, 2012

Great climb but harder than 5.8. More like 5.9+. Takes good gear and never run out. Kicked out a stopper on the lie back and was glad I had placed a back up cam.
By Mike Rowley
From: Boise, Idaho
Apr 8, 2013

Does anyone know what the bolted line to the right of 30 seconds is?? It felt really hard.
By jakobi
From: moab, utah
Apr 9, 2013

It's called Rynomight or something close to that.
By Dave Bail
Feb 9, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

So easy! But of course I am so good. 5.7 or easier.
By Brant Kreun
Mar 11, 2014

Lost an anchor set up on this route March 8th. Let someone clean it for me because of the long line of people waiting to get on. Went a little further up the road and lost track of them. Let me know if you see this and it was you that cleaned it for me! I would love to have that set up back!
By weisseseis
Nov 10, 2014

Definitely bring a #3 if you want to protect the middle part.
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Feb 27, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun route and a good lieback. Takes good gear the whole way. However, I disagree that this is one of the better routes at Wall Street. It's good but not thaaat good.
By Emily C Sukiennik
From: Sedona, AZ
May 27, 2015

This was my first crack climb many years ago, and then my first lead. A perfect learning route! Love it :)
By JMontgomery Montgomery
Jun 4, 2015

amazing route. has a little bit of everything
By Trent Mahaffey
Dec 10, 2015

I've never been so soar after doing only a 5.8! I saw a girl get very spooked on this one before I led it, you could just see the fear in her eyes as she looked back to her friends for advice, glad I was able to muster up the strength to push through all the tough spots without hesitating. Must be one of those desert 5.8's
By Sam Elander
Mar 10, 2016

Dropped a freaking #9 (?) nut in the crack. :(
There's probably no chance, but if anyone happens to see it, give me a call please. 501-827-2946. Thanks!

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