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Muted by Reality 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Brian Mullin
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Submitted By: Old Fart aka Dave Bohn on Jan 20, 2002

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I have what I call the "Holy Trinity" of the Dark Side black slab routes: Black Awareness, The Crack's On Top, and Muted by Reality. Enchanted Porkfist is my most climbed route in all of Shelf, but I use this as a warmup for these climbs. I LOVE!! slab climbs but I hadn't even gotten on "Muted" until this past spring, being warned off by all the "leaver gear" that used to adorn this route; but last spring I noticed it had been retrobolted and jumped on it. At 11a, I thought this a lot harder than the other routes I mentioned but a really fine route. I feel that Porkfist is a 10d, Black Awareness and The Crack's On Top, 11b/c, and Muted a solid 11c!


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8-10 clips plus anchors.



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By Clint Ballard
From: Greeley, CO
Jul 2, 2008

I really enjoyed this route. 11 a/b.

By KDog
Aug 9, 2010

Beautiful climb, I thought the overall moves on this were much more difficult and sustained than on Enchanted Porkfist (also rated 11a.)Really techy and sequential crux mid-way up. Gorgeous rock, I'd argue that compared to the rest of Shelf (minus maybe the Bank?) the Dark Side feels relatively sandbagged & stout. FUN!

By Brent Apgar
From: Out of the Loop
Sep 19, 2010

Super cool climbing for the first half of the route, just couldn't quite give it four stars. Might be the best slab route at the grade.