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Shelter From the Storm

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

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Soul Ram 5.12b (Sport) *****

First Ascent: Porter Jarrard, Rob Turan in 1991
Length: 100ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Move left from Shelter From the Storm over some large boulders to a blunt arete. Begin on a ledge a few feet off the ground. Clip the first bolt then move left around the arete onto the extreme face. Crimp and high step for 90 feet while trying to keep your sanity.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Cold Shuts-60m rope required
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS
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4.88 stars (33 votes)
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5.12c (36 votes)

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Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Apr 12th, 2013

Submitted by: Wes
Date: Jun 26th, 2006

Submitted by: Wes
Date: Jun 26th, 2006


ATLdude said on May 22nd, 2003
awesome- perfect stone, great moves
Astroman said on March 5th, 2004
Wes said on April 4th, 2005
Best sport route on the wall? Felt hard for .12b. Classic for sure.
Power2U said on October 29th, 2005
One of the best vert. routes around, period!
pigsteak said on October 31st, 2005 of my top 10 at the Red.
J-Rock said on November 1st, 2005
Just curious how this works. If Porter called it a 12c, his guidebook called it a 12c, and the consensus of the climbing community says it a 12c... then why was it changed to a 12b?
Anonymous said on February 26th, 2006
because it's .12b in the porter guide.
Wes said on February 27th, 2006
It might be .12b in the guide, but it feels like .12d on the rock, but a killer line. Every aspiring mid 12 and up sport climber needs to get on this route.
J-Rock said on February 27th, 2006
Hey someone, it is not 12b in the Porter guide. Check again. On page 40 it is 12c, on page 41 it is 12c, on page 42 it is 12c, and on page 91 it is 12c, and on page 93 it is 12c.
chouca said on November 5th, 2006
maybe the admin can change the grade?
Anonymous said on November 18th, 2007
I think this is my favorite line I've completed in the Red. Aesthetically pleasing in both appearence and in movement. A true masterpiece.
ray said on January 13th, 2008
Harder than Orange Juice (12c) but not as hard as Zen and the Art of Masturbation (12d)
SCIN said on January 13th, 2008
The comments above are true. It is 12c in Porter/Snyd's book. 12c makes more sense.
Anonymous said on January 18th, 2008
This route is known as .12b because it is a classic example of absurd sandbagging. everyone knows it's more like .12c, definitely more like .12c than most .12d's that have been put up recently. part of it's classic nature is that it's an abnormal (by red standards) climb that is sandbagged making it even more difficult for the grade. It's one of those routes that's like "ooo you got on soul ram, i heard that's really hard." I would advocate leaving the grade at .12b for that reason.
SCIN said on January 19th, 2008
I'd definitely be open to leaving it at 12b if I can be sure that the 12b rating for it that first appeared in John Bronaugh's guidebook wasn't a typo. I mean, if Porter gave it 12c in his own guidebook and it's his route wouldn't that mean it is really 12c and John typoed it when he added it to his guidebook? I guess I could contact Porter and ask him to be sure. A sandbag is cool but not when it's a typo on the guidebook author's part.
Anonymous said on January 23rd, 2008
understandable, ray.
camhead said on April 1st, 2008
This is my favorite route at the red right now; I got on it after heavy rain a couple weeks ago, and there was no chalk on the slab anywhere; it almost felt like climbing a new route. Cool. I also think that this route just has a reputation for being a sandbag because RRG climbers are too used to steep stuff. It felt right on for old-school, techy, Smith rock-styled 12a/b to me.
dustonian said on November 23rd, 2009
Incredible climbing. I feel like most granite face climbing areas would give this 12b, but things are a little different in the Red I guess.
SCIN said on February 7th, 2010
Decided to keep it at 12b for the 3rd edition guidebook so I'm dropping it back to 12b. Never heard whether the 12c in Porter's book was a misprint or if it was Bronaugh's book that was a misprint.
dustonian said on February 7th, 2010
krampus said on February 22nd, 2010
we should just downgrade everything. If this is 12b then orange juice should be 12a
Anonymous said on July 4th, 2011
12b, also, HEN-RY is 11a.
climb2core said on November 28th, 2011
Kick ass, ass kicking climb. Old school for sure! If this was at Muir it would have 16 bolts and be 12d. This is a climb that will get your palms sweating just thinking about it. Takes committment to head off towards the next bolt! Really just need to call it 12c though.
pumpout2004 said on January 23rd, 2012
Has always been my favorite route name, figured I needed to do it too. Fantastic climb.
symardila said on June 5th, 2012
awesome line. the 12b that has taken me the most tries ever
Stoah said on September 25th, 2020
Definitely 12a.
tade said on September 25th, 2020
Agree with Stoah, feels 12a. I imagine the folks who think it’s hard didn’t have the holds or beta figured out, or they’re used to RRG style steep climbing rather than technical vert. Regardless, this climb is awesome. Amazing movement, rewards you for using your feet, and a fun finish with a beautiful view. So good.
mario_tarrecuccni said on September 25th, 2020
Thanks for the coordinated spray. At least let us grab the umbrellas next time.
Anonymous said on September 25th, 2020
If you are going to call this 12a what 11d and 12b routes at the red are you using to bracket the grade, not including your personal downgrades?
Anonymous said on September 25th, 2020
Sounds like someone didn’t get the 12b on-site...time to sandbag and call it a 12a
Anonymous said on September 25th, 2020
Ray, your next guide book should down grade all the classic by several letters, and up grade the shit piles by several numbers. Could you imagine how nice it would be? You could walk up to the lode and hop on convicted at any time on perfect day in October while over at the warm up wall there’d be lines of people trying get their film crews in place to document their (hard, read into that: way to good) life quest to send 5.14. Rat-baby
Anonymous said on September 26th, 2020
Oh so wait if we are downgrading routes you guys should both take 12.d on Snooker. Its definitely not 13.a just a crimp ladder.
Anonymous said on September 26th, 2020
tade heard you bailed at the third bolt on your first attempt, which doesn't sound like you actually found it soft...
Anonymous said on September 26th, 2020
I would think after sending 80 whole routes tade would defiantly know the difference of every single grade ever.
Jared420_69 said on September 26th, 2020
Wow downgrading classic Porter face climb consensus 12b, I hope this is a troll on Braxton otherwise gaaayyyyy. Snookers always been 12d have fun chasing ur first 13a😉
Anonymous said on September 28th, 2020
Man, you guys must have pretty fragile egos to be this triggered. Calm down, stop being jealous, and just get better.
Anonymous said on September 28th, 2020
What's Braxton's handle? Curious what his epic spray list looks like. And does anyone actually believe the spray? lol
Anonymous said on September 28th, 2020
Funny that nobody has heard of any of the climbers trying to downgrade Porter's classic face route. Porter made an impact with his face climbing skills and probably knows the grade best on these types of climbs. Probably safe to say if you have never had an article published about you and your climbing abilities (self spray on social media does not count) then you should probably just climb this, accept that you had a good day on your little 5.12 and go climb something else. -TT
Anonymous said on September 28th, 2020
Is there any real difference between A and B anyways? Overheard someone yesterday say that if their "favorite line" they'd ever been on wasnt downgraded from 12a to 11d, that they'd actually project it. WTF? Who gives a shit? Just climb and enjoy it, and have some fun. This is what happens when testosterone fueled dudes have no females around to keep them in check.
Anonymous said on September 28th, 2020
Genuine question, why are you kids freaking out so much about a downgrade on a route you probably haven't even climbed? It's embarrassing.
Anonymous said on September 29th, 2020
If it got FA’d when you were still shitting your drawers at daycare you don’t get to propose a downgrade... I know sandbagging is supposed to be for puffing up your ego but it shows truly as the softest thing you could possibly do in this situation
Anonymous said on September 29th, 2020
Why not? That'd be a dumbass rule, considering how much technology changes over time. Good thing it's not a real one.
Anonymous said on September 29th, 2020
Daycare? 100% these dudes weren't even born when this was FA'd