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"The 12+" or Slasher S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Alma B S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Big Smile, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Bomb Track S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Eleven, The S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Narrow Minded S 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Nerve Agent S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Old School S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Prince of Squeeze S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Quocs Wok S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
River Runs Through It S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Rivers Edge S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Slim Shady S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Thunder Ball S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Unknown 11c-ish S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Walk the Plank S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Mike Call
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Shared By: Boissal on Aug 10, 2014
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Description

If the style of this route relates in any way to the personality of the namesake lady, she must have been quite a challenging wench to be around!
At time thin and delicate, sometimes thuggy and powerful, often balancy and insecure, this line will do its best to chew you up and spit you off using every trick in the bag.

Start in the creek (or on the plank a few feet higher) and rise out of the watery abyss via technical face moves on small holds and polished feet. The route shoots up and slightly right after the 2nd clip, the left bolt line leading into a stunning-looking 12+ ("The 12+" or Slasher). Ignore this distraction and prepare for a taxing sequence with off balance moves followed by long reaches to small crimps and sidepulls with absolutely worthless feet. A thank-Jeeubs sidepull caps this section and marks a brutal change of style, from thin face to overhanging thuggery though a series of steep pods littered with bomber pockets. As soon as you're getting comfortable with the movement though, Alma changes her mind, taking away the holds and replacing them with a beautiful grey-streaked slab. Get used to feeling off-balance, switch to smearing mode and launch up this friction/lieback/barn-door adventure, eventually latching a couple or monster pockets. One last effort will see you over the roof and to the chains.

Location

Immediately to the left of the largest line of caves/pods/holes/whatever you want to call them sits a smooth face with a number of graffiti. The inscription which gave the route its name sits about 20' right of the first bolt. The route heads straight up the thin face into a series of pods capped by a black roof.
Two variations lead in/out of Alma:
- An unknown 12++ branches off at the 2nd bolt, heading left across a black face via an amazing line of mail-slot pockets to reach the anchors of The Eleven
- Bomb Track comes in from the right via a series of obvious pockets and merges with Alma at the 4th clip.

Protection

7 bolts to cold shuts (the book says 9, I think my count is accurate). Stick clip the first bolt or risk decking in the creek or on the plank (even worse). Watch your rope when lowering, it goes over the fairly sharp lip of the roof.

Photos

D.A. LeBaron
Grantsville,UT
  5.12c
D.A. LeBaron   Grantsville,UT
  5.12c
FA = Mike Call Jun 30, 2015