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Naked Nebula 

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: Brian Smoot
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Submitted By: richard magill on Jan 1, 2001

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Natasha starting into the steep bit.

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This route probably deserves 4 stars, but I don't think it is quite as good as the 4 star routes on the Billboard. So really it probably gets 3 and a half stars. Also, this is probably the easiest 12a tick in American Fork, which may be of interest to some folks! After numerous AF sandbags, you might find this route to be more in the ballpark of what you expect for 12a.

This is the farthest left route on the Wave as you are facing it. Just right of it is a 12d called Knuckle Up, and there is also a linkup between the two lines. Anyway, stay left for Naked Nebula.

Starts slabbly, turns vertical, then steepens to overhanging. The steep part has lots of good holds - a bit reachy in spots. Don't get me wrong about the grade, it is legit 12a (just not a typical AF sandbag) and you will be pumped at the anchors. Fun!


9 bolts to anchors.

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Rock Climbing Photo: where the good stuff begins!
where the good stuff begins!
Rock Climbing Photo: Working the crux.
Working the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hayden on his red point.  Wearing the wrong colors...
Hayden on his red point. Wearing the wrong colors...

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By KipHenrie
From: Farmington, utah
Jun 11, 2008
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

This is a very pumpy climb. The start is fairly easy with crimps then eases up to a rest. Then the climb slowly gets steeper and steeper. I really like the big moves to big holds. The crux is going over the roof. Dont forget the key foothold and put some tape on your left fingers for the sharp 2 finger pocket you have to move thru. The top has 2 biners for clipping into, altho they should be replaced by something more permanent. i highly recommend this climb for the endurance factor. You'll figure it out quick, but the entire journey is taxing. Loved it. Thanks Perin for helping me thru this one!
By Bad Sock Puppet
Jun 7, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Most of this climb is nothing special, but the final roof section makes it worth the climb. The start is easy all the way up through mildly overhung rock. There are lots of pockets, with some big moves. Pay attention through the crux because there are small 2-finger pockets on the left side, although I didn't think they were that sharp. The hardest part is telling yourself to climb above the 6th and 7th draws before clipping each, because that's where the best pockets are. The topout onto the face was surprisingly easy.
By bheller
From: SL UT
Sep 25, 2016
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

A total handbag at feels the same difficulty as License to Thrill...11c
Be careful with the slab...ground falls possible.
By Ryan Arnold
Oct 27, 2016
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

As a counterpoint to Brad; this was the 12a that took me the longest to send this year. Nearly 10 tries, when most others were 2-5. Having said that, I do far better on vertical crimps than on overhanging jugs, so it's probably a style thing.
By Ken Noyce
From: Layton, UT
Apr 16, 2017
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I agree with Ryan, this thing is much, much harder than License to Thrill, and harder than many .12a's in the canyon (certainly not .12b though).

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