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Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time

5.12a, Sport, 40 ft (12 m),  Avg: 1.8 from 6 votes
FA: Unknown, FFA: Kevin Powell & Darrel Hensel, May 1976
California > Joshua Tree NP > Central Joshua… > Sheep Pass Area > Ryan Campground > Manure Pile
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Description

This route was the first 5.12 in the Park (Monument back then) and is a testament to the skill of the "dime-cranking masters" who freed it.

Four bolts provide excellent protection for this finger-wrecking crimpfest which lies on the north face of the free-standing pillar across the road and west of the Manure Pile proper. The crux is moving past the first bolt, and higher up the route is no more than 5.10 in difficulty. This route can be aided as well but some mandatory free-climbing (5.7) exists near the top.

A historic climb with a cool summit that's inaccessible without climbing are in this route's favor, but the moves are almost too painful to be fun. One star out of five.

Protection

4 bolts, bolted anchor/rap (all 3/8")

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Dimes on 1st Ascent of Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time. Originally rated 11c. Name was derived from the Panasonic advertising phrase being used at the time.
[Hide Photo] Dimes on 1st Ascent of Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time. Originally rated 11c. Name was derived from the Panasonic advertising phrase being used at the time.
The inspiration for Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time (5.12a), Joshua Tree
[Hide Photo] The inspiration for Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time (5.12a), Joshua Tree
Just Slightly Ahead Of Our Time (5.12a), Joshua Tree NP
[Hide Photo] Just Slightly Ahead Of Our Time (5.12a), Joshua Tree NP

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[Hide Comment] Its really, really hard for its grade. You have to get your foot really high. I mean really high! You'll see. Its hard! Jun 30, 2018
Nigel Barry
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] Is the (chained down) picnic table in? I used it to clip the first bolt, then moved it outb of the way to give a safer landing Apr 10, 2024