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Potters Clay 


Type:  Mixed, 1 pitch, 100', Grade II
Original: M6- [details]
FA: Justin Stirrett
New Route: Yes
Season: Late Winter
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Submitted By: Justin Stirrett on May 30, 2006

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Potters Clay


There are two lines on Potters Clay, the first one on the right side of the falls is the easiest mix ground at only M3 and 100 feet of climbing. But the main line that runs up the black rock straight up the climb is weighing in at M6 and 90 feet. There is very little pro (small nuts size 1 & 2) up this line. The upper part of the climb can treat you to a sweet pillar of vertical slush if conditions are good or a sick mixed roof with good pro if conditions are normal. There is a rappel station up to the right of the climb, with two good bolts and chains, walking off is not a good idea in this spot. `


This line is hidden in plan view on US Highway 50 ten minutes east of Cimarron heading towards Gunnison, in Blue Mesa canyon. Parking is hard to find close to the climb but the Arrow Head turn off is only 200 yards down the road and there is ample parking. There is a lot of traffic in the Canyon so please be careful. To get to the base of the climb from the Arrow Head, turn off head back down the highway towards Cimarron about 200 yards. The climb is on the west side of the canyon only 60 feet up steep drainage.


Small nuts sizes 1&2 plus larger sizes, #2 Camalot for the roof, and 10cm & 15cm ice screws.

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