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Alien Pod 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Jaren Watson on Jul 9, 2012

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in the pod


Short and sweet. Interesting feature with great sidepulls. Big holds the whole way. Gets steeper as you go up.


Farthest route on the right.


4 bolts to sport anchors.

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By Nielsonru
Jul 26, 2012

Great lead! Nice and short. I would say 5.8 for sake of the last movement to the anchors. Kind of a pain to clean for beginners.
By Derrick Hales
Sep 3, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

It is tricky for those beginners, but once you know the sequence its easily no harder than a 5.7. you can bust a sweet knee bar to clip the chains or take a rest.
super cool view from this route.
By Jaren Watson
From: Rexburg, Idaho
Jun 6, 2013

I agree with Derrick. Enormous holds with easy movement and plenty of rest. 5.7. I could see the argument for 5.6. Sure, it's a little bit steep, but the grade should reflect both how difficult it is to onsight, the difficulty of the movement, and the size and kind of holds. In these respects, Alien Pod is a nice easy climb. Cleaning certainly impacts the experience but has no relation to the grade.
By Justin Brunson
From: Broomfield CO
Apr 4, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I don't think weirdness adds difficulty. 5.7 offwidth can feel like 5.10 until you learn how to climb OW.. I think the same applies to alien nesting sites.
By Chris Rix
From: Irwin, ID
Apr 26, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I'm the beginner these other guys are referencing... That being said I didn't think it was to bad to clean up this route. The last move to get into a spot where I could hook into the anchors kicked my butt, I had to mess with it for a few minutes before I figured out how to brace my leg in one of those big pockets toward the top. I thought it was a fun route.

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