Type: Sport, 45 ft
FA: Brian Smoot
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Shared By: Perin Blanchard on Apr 21, 2006
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Access Issue: Located in a National Forest Fee Area Details


The right-most route on the southwest face of Hard Rock. There is a large tree just to the right of the route. Solid limestone with lots of pockets and jugs.

The route is quite steep until after the fourth bolt, then easy cruising to the anchors. I thought the crux was between the third and fourth bolts; others were more worried about getting to the first bolt (the landing isn't great, with tree roots on the ground).

There is a large pocket just up from and to the left of the first bolt. Inside is a slimy mass that looks like something from a '50s horror movie. Beware.


4 bolts to chain anchors.


Gas Boost is only rated a 5.8 in "Climber's Guide to American Fork Canyon/Rock Canyon" (Ruckman) but it should be rated 5.9; although there are some great jug holds, the space between the third and fourth clips has smaller holds (no jugs).
As a bonus feature, many of the jug holds are filled with smooth, creamy bat guano. Sep 7, 2007
A deceiving route. Jul 8, 2008
Jon Zucco
Denver, CO
Jon Zucco   Denver, CO
this route was my girlfriend's hardest redpoint to date. i lead it afterwards to clean and it definitely seemed a little awkward, slick and pumpy for an 8. we had two beginners with us that couldn't even pull the opening sequence. for this i'll give it a +. could even be a 9- at parts. Sep 30, 2008
Sandy, UT
Chauncemaster   Sandy, UT
A fun climb but definitely seemed a bit harder in spots than the official 5.8 book rating. Oct 4, 2008
Nich Cloward
American Fork
Nich Cloward   American Fork
My wife and I did this one after leading one around the corner (I still can't find out what it is or what it's named, or even a good enough map to tell me which one it is). I enjoyed it. The sun was blazing so it made for a warm and sweaty climb. Being a popular climb makes for a couple polished holds, and the guano doesn't help. I didn't think it was more than an 8. Good holds to be found. It pumped out my wife, but she's kindof new and she had just lead the one around the corner. Jul 22, 2009
Nich Cloward
American Fork
Nich Cloward   American Fork
Bolt number 3 or 4 is loose, depending on if you count the first bolt as the one next to your shins from the landing. May 4, 2012
Mark Lewis
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mark Lewis   Salt Lake City, Utah
Fun climb on big holds, though they do thin out a bit, as noted by some other comments. The holds are quite greasy, but I didn't run into any bat guano (thank goodness!). Definitely worth doing, a great warm up. Jul 26, 2012
Connor England
Tooele, Utah
  5.9- PG13
Connor England   Tooele, Utah
  5.9- PG13
Route was fun, but the holds are getting pretty greased over... Climbing shoes were even slipp'n on a few of the deceiving holds. Should be rated a 5.9- First bolt is pretty far up, have a good spotter. Bottom link on the chains need to be replaced soon, wearing thin... Aug 11, 2012
This was an onsight for me at the end of the day. It looked pretty straightforward from the base, but I was taken aback when I got on the wall. It's tougher than it looks- challenging for a 5.8, but I really enjoyed it. Also, Connor is right about the chains being worn down. Aug 16, 2012
Chain links have been replaced Sep 29, 2013
Eric Chabot
Salt Lake City, UT
Eric Chabot   Salt Lake City, UT
Super slimy holds and awkward moves make this one a route to avoid IMO. May 1, 2014
Justine Hampton
Sugarhouse, Salt Lake City, UT
Justine Hampton   Sugarhouse, Salt Lake City, UT
The first bolt is a little high, but do-able. Tons of pockets and creepy slimy greasy "hand caves" May 18, 2018