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Loco Head T,TR 
Mental Block TR 
Microwave Dinner T,TR 
Mindless Dribble TR 
No Rest For the Wicked T,TR 
Puffs Plus T,TR 
Red Slab T,TR 
Seventh Buttress 1 T,TR 
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Seventh Buttress 3 T,TR 
Seventh Buttress 4 T,TR 
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Wicker Man T,TR 


YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, TR
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Apr 15, 2002

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Mike Sohasky leading Innocence 4-18-15.


Innocence is located on the east face of the Red Slab Buttress between Congestion Chimney and Puffs Plus. Climb up the face just right of the corner using nice face features. After a few moves head right onto a less-steep slab of rock.


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By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Sep 9, 2008

The crux is short, but the position of the climb is nice. Take gear to 2 inches. There is a fixed pin after this route joins "Red Slab." Belay from limbs of the pine tree at the top.
By Tradiban
Sep 24, 2011
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Starts on jugs, then moves right onto the face ignoring good jugs on the left to finish. Pretty much just an alternative start to Puffs Plus.

Could be a hard bouldering start direct if you start in the middle of then face.

Doug, I think you did the 5.4 version of the climb. Per Sven, you traverse right at 15ft, then up the center of the face to make it 5.7 but there's no gear after starting the traverse.
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Sep 26, 2011

Three years later ... someone was just reminding me that my belay at the top was a sling wrapped around a swaying tree limb.

What I remember at this point is 5.7ish moves, and having to work for one of the pieces in the initial steep section. The crack is what attracted me to that piece of rock. I doubt I led a 5.4 there. It's possible I just missed something, or its possible I was imposing route rules on myself. There are tons of contrived routes in Swartling & Mayer.
By Tradiban
Sep 26, 2011
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Yea, starting just right of the arete and taking the natural line isn't what's described in Sven's book, maybe not 5.4 but it eases off very quickly after 15ft.

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