Type: Trad, 100 ft (30 m)
FA: Alex Hill, Alex Wodarczk, Jim Borton, March 24, 2019
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Shared By: Jim Borton on Mar 24, 2019
Admins: Frances Fierst

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Almost Alpine

A girdle traverse of the Gunpowder's big wall.  Named after Almost Alpine, the greatest climbing film ever made, which features the mind-blowing 7000’ traverse of West Virginia's North Fork Mountain.

Start at the right-most section of the face, at the very bottom before you ascend the gully.  If you see moss, running water, or icicles, you're in the right place.  Make your way up and left.  Traverse the entire face at about mid-height.  Cruxes are at the bottom and as you pass Not A Crack.  Step left across the chute onto the upper wall.  Place a cam in the Short But Sweet crack.  Continue moving up and left on face moves.  Pro is sparse here.  Pass a bulge, reach a nice ledge, and belay off a tree.  Enjoy the view as your partner follows.

Place gear carefully. It's a traverse, and the route goes up and down.  Use plenty of gear to protect the second.  Long runners minimize rope drag,

This route has lots of variations.  Go low.  Go high.  It's up to you.


Standard rack. Be creative. Tricams are useful. Trees too.