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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b R

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b R [details]
FA: Andrew Emery, Steve Roper
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Submitted By: mungeclimber on Jan 1, 2001

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For the moderate climber this is one of THE routes to do at Pinnacles. Long, fun and airy at the top. It is possible to TR the first part of the route off of some midway anchors, but is not really recommended because this route sees a lot of traffic.


This classic has some run spots on easier ground. The first moves can be protected with .75 camalot or so sized piece and some small cam placements in a horizontal above that.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Portent, my first lead!
Portent, my first lead!
Rock Climbing Photo: Second pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: TR option: extended anchor and two ropes (at least...
BETA PHOTO: TR option: extended anchor and two ropes (at least...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy about climbing Portent. (photo: Michael Guti...
Crazy about climbing Portent. (photo: Michael Guti...
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of Portent, past the crux
BETA PHOTO: The start of Portent, past the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of Portent, past the crux
BETA PHOTO: The start of Portent, past the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Portent on Discovery wall.
BETA PHOTO: Portent on Discovery wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul moving on up Portent
Paul moving on up Portent

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By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Jul 16, 2003

If you take the caves trail and head through the first cave, as the path leads up towards Discovery Wall and either heads to a fork where you can either go back to the right parallel with the rock, or runs into it, Portent is the route in the first small dip that follows this dip up and left to a pair of rusty anchors that can be seen about 70 feet off the ground.
By Blitzo
Sep 25, 2006

I didn't think that this route deserves more than 1*. I actually thought it was kind of a pile!
By Lisa E
Mar 29, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R

Most of this route is quite easy, although the start is the crux and is harder than 5.6. I like the traverse, very airy and fun.
By rafael
From: Berkeley, CA
Jan 9, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R

EDIT: a few years ago a key hold on the start busted loose, now I think it goes at 5.8 about 3 feet off the deck
I think it is 5.6, the start is not protected, but that doesnt make it harder. The pinnacles rock is weak though.
By Felix Duvallet
Jun 3, 2013

FYI you cannot rappel from the top of this route (the bolts do not have rings). The walk off is uphill, then straight back to the main trail (there are some climber access signs). Turn right and follow that trail around until you get back to the base of Discovery wall.

Also, don't bother taking gear beyond the very start; there is no gear after the bolts start (and they are fairly far apart).
By Brad Young
Feb 12, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R

I'm not sure that Felix is using the words "sport climb" like most climbers use them. As I've understood that term (since it came into use in the 1980s) it means a closely bolted route. Stated another way, the phrase does not apply to just any bolted route, it applies to one where the bolts are specifically quite close together.

Portent is a bolted route - the only possible gear would be used within 10 feet of the ground. But it is most certainly not a "sport route" (as the many "R" ratings given in this thread would seem to confirm).
By Isaiah Foulks
From: Monterey
Sep 11, 2017

Can be climbed in one long pitch, with minimal rope drag! Solo up to the first "anchor" and extend one of the bolts with a double runner... kepp leading and extend all the next bolts with single runners, and then use another double runner on the bolt just before the left-ward traverse. No need to extend on last bolt. No rope drag!

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