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YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Jimbo on Feb 11, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: EFR, sets up for the crux moves on the F.A. Photo ...


Big holds out the hand traverse to a powerful move over the bulge, then hold on up the steep face to the top.
Steep fun moves, on big holds out over the water. Very unique for the Milagrosa and Mt. Lemmon.
Draws can be stripped from the chains with less effort than it appears.


Walk past oasis wall, up canyon to the next big pool. Scramble down to the cozy belay area at the base of two routs that asend the east side wall.
This is the left hand route that starts off the dry area by the pool. Shares the first bolt with the other route, then bust left to the traverse.


Bolts, chains

Photos of Hydroponics Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Kitty purrs on Hydroponic.
Kitty purrs on Hydroponic.
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterworld belay for Hydroponics
Waterworld belay for Hydroponics
Rock Climbing Photo: sticking the last big move on hydroponics
BETA PHOTO: sticking the last big move on hydroponics
Rock Climbing Photo: Second big move on hydroponics
BETA PHOTO: Second big move on hydroponics
Rock Climbing Photo: Pretty big move through crux on Hydroponics
BETA PHOTO: Pretty big move through crux on Hydroponics
Rock Climbing Photo: Jimbo stretches out on his creation.  Same shot, d...
Jimbo stretches out on his creation. Same shot, d...
Rock Climbing Photo: Remember kids: good footwork gets in the way of go...
Remember kids: good footwork gets in the way of go...

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By eMurdock
From: Tucson, Arizona
Feb 12, 2007

Jimbo: great name, finally a drug innuendo out of you. I was super psyched to try this before the drill dust could even settle. This route will absolutely be one of the Milagrosa classics after the crunchies up high are cleaned up. Kickin' myself for waking up late and missing out on the FA party. Thanks for the work. I owe you a Guiness.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 12, 2007

Hey whatever happened to these names? Poolitzer Prize, Hydro Encephaly (SP?), Hydro Dynamic, Pool Party, Pool Shark, Puddle Jumper, Poolminary Edema, Poolminology, Slick Sides, Slippery Then Wet, Splash Monkey, Pool Man, Pool Boy, Pool Queue, La La Poolooza, Splash Mountain, Flash or Splash, Arc of a Diver just to name a few of the possible names we could use other than Hydroponics. Roman Baths, The Vat.... Which name do you think is the best? Let us know!
By joshf
From: missoula, mt
Oct 26, 2007

as of october 19, 2007 there is a hangar missing from a bolt on this route. anybody have an explanation...?
By Jimbo
Apr 23, 2008

The third bolt hanger has been replaced.
By dcohn
Mar 8, 2009

Very fun pitch. It is nice to have 2 ropes to help with cleaning, especially if you take a fall. The anchors on the .10 to the right can be useful for that. The rail traverse is great with solid rock. There are still some loose holds on near the top and we knocked some loose stuff in the pool. I imagine this route will age well.
By joshf
From: missoula, mt
Apr 3, 2009

The first half of this route can be protected very well with cams if one is so inclined.
By Jimbo
Jan 30, 2011

Yes it can be protected by cams. Just don't drop one unless you hiked in with your scuba gear.
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 5, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

A very unique route that is a blast to climb; that said, working it is a bit epic. A route I am glad to have climbed but will likely never repeat.

  • Above water
  • Three bolt traverse
  • Great crux sequence
  • Heel hook
  • Optional drop knee

  • Garbage rock on the last 10 feet
  • Difficult to keep the rope dry
  • Falling at the crux requires boinking to get back on
  • Terrible rope drag when lowering
  • Lowering requires traversing back to dry ground
By Dominic Amend
Jul 23, 2013

How many bolts are there? Is everything in good condition? Would it be safely possible to do this without any nuts/cams for the belay? I really want to climb this.

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