The Handren guidebook describes POD as the most popular on the Black Velvet wall. So we knew an early start would be the key to success….
JV/SS is a ~14 pitch 5.7 that ascends a broad white face on the North side of Oak Creek Canyon. The route is steep, sunny, and full of solid jugs making for an enjoyable romp up ~2000 vertical feet. Once again, beating the crowds would be key to success. We got up at 3:30am and were the first ones on the route. Win!
We chose the rappel/walk-off descent through Painted Bowl which took us ~2 hours from the summit to the car through incredible scenery. Highly recommended! It also avoids the crowds and other potential rappel shenanigans if rapping the route.
I wonder if anyone has rapped with a single rope using the bolted anchors?