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Many Options 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Duane Anderton, Todd Draper
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Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Nov 10, 2006

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This route is a pumpy, steep, pocket-and-jug haul to the penultimate bolt, then some slopers and crimps to the last bolt, followed by another jug or two to the chains.

The climbing is overhung to the first bolt, less-than-vertical to the fourth bolt, overhung again to the sixth, then vertical.

The crux for me is getting to and clipping the last bolt and then climbing past it. It's probably not as hard as I think, but I'm pretty pumped by then.


This is the middle of three routes on the south-facing, next-to-west-most section of Hard Rock. (There is a newer, three bolt variant start in a shallow dihedral to the right of the bolt line described here, this line is the second-from-the-left).

The least-strenuous way to get there is to follow the trail when it turns right to go to the main Hard Rock wall (west-facing). Go north (left) along the main wall; you will turn west and by staying along the base of the rock you will end up at the base of these three newer Hard Rock routes.

Alternatively, don't turn right to the main Hard Rock area and instead continue straight to the base of the wall you see ahead of you as you come up the trail to the Hard Rock/White Wave/Escape Buttress areas.


9 bolts to chain anchors.

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By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Nov 10, 2006

I've heard that the three routes on this wall are .8, .9, and .10 something. However, the middle route (the obstensible .9) seems a bit harder than .9 and is comparable to Platinum Blonde, if not a bit harder.

Your mileage may vary (I'm probably just weak and easily frightened).
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Sep 3, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The middle route is SOLID 5.9 the hardness comes from the pump factor you feel near the top. But nonetheless, this climb is sweet! Way fun warm-up for the main Hard Rock. or Wave Wall. There is a new variation up the really shallow right facing corner between the 5.10 on the right. Pretty simple and kinda a squeeze play.
By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Oct 11, 2007

I am of the opinion that the middle route is 10a. When I think about other 5.9s in the canyon, Physical therapy for example, this route seems a touch harder. I have seen solid 10- leaders fall at the top, then send Platinum Blond.
I also think that the route on the right is at least 10d. When I compare, in my mind, this route to a classic 10d like Monkey Meat I come up with 11a (very similar to Deep End).
New route in seam between center and right route is quite squeezed.
New work done at the base of these routes is really nice. Thanks to the hard worker.
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Oct 25, 2007

I climbed this again today; I'll stick with my .10a rating. It's definitely easier than some .10a routes in AF (e.g., Vixen Blonde (aka Punch the Clock)) but harder than others (e.g., Black Hole, Domestic Tension). I did, however, bump the stars I gave it from two to three - this is a fun route.
By Stan Pitcher
From: SLC, UT
Jun 7, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This is a very nice route! Much better bolted than Stump to its left too.
By Annie Naylor
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 19, 2011

Super fun start over the roof, then pumpy pumpy pumpy through the last moves to the chains!
By Christian Weaver
May 12, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Not knowing the rate before climbing it I was guessing that this was a 5.9. There really isn't a move that was that difficult,but the duration of the route and the pump factor may make it feel tougher. The crux for me was after the last bolt. Good solid route.
By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Sep 22, 2012

I like the grades on this wall, nice and stiff. Many Options always gives me troubles at the top, fighting a pump and trying to hold on. Fun stuff!

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