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Wild Rose T 

Wild Rose 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Derek Field on Dec 14, 2016

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Heroic undercling traverse with bomber incut foots...


Thornberry is the big expando flake on the far left side of Potrero John. Continuous pro and thoughtful positioning make this a safe and fun route.

Starts as a flared corner (still a tad dirty) before arcing right on a meaty undercling flake. Pull over the flake and continue up the slab to anchors. Shares station with Should I Stay and Should I Go.


Giant flake on far left side of wall.


Singles .5 to 4 (BD sizes)

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Rock Climbing Photo: All clean!
All clean!
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the featured corner.
Working the featured corner.
Rock Climbing Photo: First moves off the ground.
First moves off the ground.

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By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Dec 14, 2016

Did you not find evidence of a previous ascent?
By Joe Garibay
From: Ventura, Ca
Dec 14, 2016

Happy it's clean. Thanks.
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 15, 2016

Matthew: found multiple generations of thornbush residents and a thick coating of moss. Do you have info on earlier ascents? If so I can update. I thought it was a fun lil route that deserved to be cleaned and shared.
By Alex Bury
From: Ojai, CA
Dec 15, 2016

One thing to keep in mind is that climbers have been hunting for lines along the Sespe for sixty years. Given that it's a moderate crack, right off the road, and about twenty feet from an old Chouinard/Barber route, it has very likely been done.

That said, it is undocumented. My advice would be to keep the name, and record the FA as an unknown. This way you get to contribute something while at the same time respecting generations passed.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Dec 15, 2016

Romain and I cleaned and led the crack more than a decade ago. We were calling it Wild Rose, due to the plant growing from the crack.

We never thought to claim a first ascent. We assumed it had been climbed by a previous generation. There's a bolt above where the crack ends.
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 16, 2016

Hah, Matthew, how funny! I initially thought of Wild Rose too before going with Wild Thornberry and then trimming (pun intended) to just Thornberry. Let's go with Wild Rose.

Appreciate the input, Alex.

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