Sunday, November 17, 2013

Climbing Devotion 11d R in El Potrero Chico

 Here are some photos from our climb on Devotion in El Potrero Chico. I had two great days climbing with Mike from Tennessee.  His partner wasn't able to make it at the last minute so he hired me as a guide. We climbed Yankee Clipper and then Mike suggested Devotion which had been on my list for a long time.  5.11d R doesn't always attract you to a route though.

I had climbed other routes with similar ratings in Potrero and found them not runout on the crux pitches at all.  With a few cams along this route seemed about the same.  We added a bolt on a pitch above the ledge as requested by Magic Ed one of the first ascensionists.  The route was definitely an adventure and overgrowing as it sees little traffic.  I think if more people start climbing it, it could clean up and be a classic line one day.

First light behind El Toro

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