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No Utopia 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: JJ Schlick, Wade Forrest
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Sep 23, 2012

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Casey, coming to terms with No Utopia.


"Well, there is no utopia." I heard it said many times growing up when my old man wanted to describe a less than ideal situation. I just like saying it, but it is also in reference to the grovelly, block start, although it's a small price to pay for the upper goods.

This curvacious pitch shares the start and first third of Natural Enhancement. Beware the 'in your face' starting moves (5.10+, PG-13) whether you are leading, or following because of the large pointed boulder below. I have not heard of anyone taking the sharp end of that boulder, but it's bound to happen sooner or later so heads up.

At 40' look left towards a small sweeping bulge. This marks the entrance into No Utopia, and another 75' of rather stellar face climbing which features an awesome thin crimping crux on 1/4" edges. The top 30' is overhanging, and fully engaging.

The gear is good and pretty straight forward, though some of it is rather small, and some of it is placed on the run. I placed a lot of wires.


Starts about 25' left of No Feelings at a very pointed boulder.


Single set of fingers, doubles from .5 BD to #2 BD. At least one full set of wires from #2-#10, and a set of offsets in addition are really nice to have as well. Three bolts in the middle. Save a #2 BD and #.75 BD for the top!!

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Casey N. reeling in the positive holds, and big mo...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Casey N. moving into No Utopia. You can place a #....
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By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 2, 2013

This route is awesome and protects very well. With rope stretch, a 60 meter rope will just get you back to the pointed boulder at the base.
By Robbie Brown
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 10, 2013
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Waterfall Classic in my book. Another fantastic Mixed Route! Safe yet very exciting!
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 11, 2013

It's the best face climbing down there for the grade. I've heard it's an awesome onsight, good work Robbie.

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