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Pounding Herradura 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Jeremy Aslaksen on Sep 4, 2009

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Climbs the thin crack/dihedral seen from the road.


Drive until you get to the Anvil. Park your car and look up.


Cams. Nuts.

Photos of Pounding Herradura Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The anchor above "Pounding Herradurra."
The anchor above "Pounding Herradurra."
Rock Climbing Photo: Anvil's little mascot.
Anvil's little mascot.

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By Ben Kiessel
Jan 19, 2013

Nice route Jeremy!
It's probably gone free before but we freed it yesterday at 5.10 with a little jog left about 3/4 of the way up. Bill freed the direct line on top rope at 5.11. Little heads up in spots because of the loose character of the route.
I brought a double set from .3 to 3 camalot, plus a couple smaller cams and a #4 and #5.
By Ben Kiessel
Jan 23, 2013

OK I was a little confused before and now I'm really confused.

Here is what I know...
-In DR4 it says that Pounding Herradurra faces SW (which faces away from the road), while the corner that in the picture in DR4 that Jeremy and I climbed faces NE.
-There is no bolt on the NE corner route and no anchor on top of the corner.
-The only rappel anchor that we found on the summit was on a route that faced SW and had a bolt down low. (sorry if it was unclear, but we rappelled from an anchor down the SW side)

James we need some help here.
By Ben Kiessel
Jan 23, 2013

Well I can tell you that there were carabiners that were spray painted blue on the anchor. A usually think of those as yours.
By James Garrett
Jan 23, 2013

Sorry about the confusion!
First of all, I love the Mascot on top....way cool. We need more of that kind of stuff on desert tower tops.
As for Hx of the route, Christopher W Donharl (aka The Harl-19yo at the time!) and I had spent quite a bit of the January 2000 there in Valley Of The Gods while on the road trip of road trips on our way to El Potrero (where we had pounded more than a little of the Herradura, btw). In March, he decided to stay on longer and I returned to the roadside chunk of rock that looked like an Anvil on the way back home. The route I chose and the line I had previously scoped was visible from the roadside. It also seemed to be the better quality rock and to be the line of least resistance.

The report to Eric may have been incorrect as to orientation, but I believe it is correctly shown as per location (it looks like the line to me?) on page 361 of DR IV.

The two-bolt rappel station pointed to by Jeremy in the photo of the Anvil also looks familiar. Apparently, Jeremy and Ben also found the bolt low down which I used to self belay.

Finally, this tiny tower hardly deserves all the attention that Jeremy and Ben's other more impressive Utah desert accomplishments should, but hearing or reading about the accurate historical record is always entertaining for me! Appreciate the story!
If the route you guys did was on the other side of where the belay bolt and rap station is, then please re-submit it into the data....because it would imply a new line indeed.

By Emily Reinsel
Nov 12, 2016

We climbed the line on the NE side, as shown in Ben's photo, which I gather is not Pounding Herradura. In any case, I wouldn't recommend this line to anyone. The decomposing crack was the worst rock I have climbed in the VOG yet. Yikes. If anyone is still inclined to make a summit bid, you can make a decent anchor using hand sized pieces in a decomposing stack of choss.

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