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Humboldt Current 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Rick Shull on Sep 27, 2007

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Mitch on Humboldt Current, January 2015


Humboldt Current is the easiest route on the Main Wall. Positive, but gritty, pockets and incuts will take you past 5 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. If the route has seen recent traffic it is less gritty and quite enjoyable. Best conditions are in the Fall.


Humboldt Current is the 2nd bolted line when viewing the cliff from left to right.


5 bolts. 2 bolt anchor.

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By C Miller
From: CA
Oct 1, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun climbing on positive holds makes this a good warm-up for the harder lines nearby.
By Rodney Ley
Aug 15, 2010

Rock Climbing Photo: Cali climber w/o a partner we met at Promontory. H...
Cali climber w/o a partner we met at Promontory. He led what we think was Humboldt Current, note screamer at his knees and pumpy pinches on the sandstone pockets. Bold line...

If this climb we did really is Humboldt Current then it is pretty stiff at its grade. Was way sandy for us spoiled Colorado climbers, and plenty of flakes coming off with every move. Pretty scary by Colorado standards, props to the FA crew.
By millz
From: Canon CIty!
Dec 5, 2011

this was one crazy scary pumpy sandy poppy lead! getting to each bolt is sketchy. as i was reaching left to clip bolt 3 a cigar box sized hold on the right popped off and as i frantically grabbed for something else the piece whizzed down hit my belayer right in the big toe most likely fracturing it. then as i got bolt three clipped he traded off belay! i never saw a bolt 5 and the glue ins on top are great!
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Sep 16, 2012

So glad you all got a thrill out of this. It's good to know, years later, it is just as gripping as it was on the F.A., the 3rd route done here.
I always thought with traffic it would clean up nicely...
By Lurker
From: Westwood
Oct 27, 2014

New titanium glue-in bolts thanks to the ASCA. Hard work courtesy of Taylor, Dennis, and Tom.
By Evan Wisheropp
Jan 23, 2017

Definitely a unique route. It is continuing to shed holds so be sure to wear a helmet if you are in the vicinity. With these sandy pockets and breakable holds, the route definitely feels more than a 5.10a experience your first few times climbing on this rock. Even still, I believe the difficulty has increased slightly with the absense of so many of the original holds. Many will find the excellent new 5.10b to the right easier. But forget all that, it's awesome pocket pulling!

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