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Almost Nothing 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Jean Marc Troussier, October 1986
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Mar 31, 2009

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This radically neglected face climb was one of the less-famous results of the French Invasion of 1986. Despite perfect rock, interesting moves, & an accessible grade, this route sits totally ignored at the busiest crag at Smith, likely due to the R-rating in the Watts guide. However, it has been recently rebolted, and the R rating is no longer valid.

The route ascends the pretty pink face in the back of the alcove between Watts Totts & To Bolt. Begin by scrambling up ledges immediately left of Latin Lover. There is a bit of lose gravel on these ledges, so use caution. A thin-hand sized piece can be used to protect these moves, but is not necessary. From the ledge head straight up the face on cool knobs & the occasional shallow pocket. Use care approaching the second bolt. The crux comes below the 4th bolt, on a tenuous traverse from left to right.

Almost Nothing gets a lot of shade compared to other Dihedrals routes, making it a good morning option on a warm day.


In the alcove, immediately right of Take a Powder, and left of the thin off-set seam of Lester Tots.


7 bolts(?), 2 BA. The route is really not runout at all by Smith standards, and with the re-bolting is no longer R rated.

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By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Mar 31, 2009

This is a good route that should receive more traffic. It seems that people have ignored it due to the R-rating. I never felt scared or in danger while climbing this, and I didn;t use a stick clip. I think there is potential to hurt yourself if you fell below the 2nd bolt & your belayer was inattentive, or if you fell while clipping, but I think that's true of most routes.

I think stick clipping the 2nd bolt (or moving the 1st & 2nd bolts higher) would be totally acceptable, and would be a good way to make this more popular.

Anyway, there's (a small amount of) chalk on it now, so get after it!
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Mar 18, 2015

Has there been any further discussion on moving the first bolt higher?
By kent benesch
Mar 18, 2015

This route has seen a recent re-bolt. All new 4 3/4 x 1/2 bolts have been used to replace the 3/4 long 28 year old bolts. Additional bolts have been added so as to no longer have an R rating. The grade has also been confirmed by many that have climbed it since the re-bolt at 5.12a, not 5.11d.
By Antoine Delorme
From: Portland, OR
Jun 3, 2016
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

This route was tons of fun with continuous crimping and knob climbing. Definitely worth it!

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