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The Membrane

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Andy's Route S 
Bad Faith S 
Between The Lines S 
Butterfingers S 
Caress of Steel S 
Dad Dick S 
Drop Zone S 
Drunken Midget S 
Flight Fright S 
Insane in The Membrane S 
Kitchen Sink S 
License To Thrill S 
Little Big Wall S 
Mandela S 
Membrane Roof, The S 
On There S 
Reverse Traverse S 
Rincon S 
Riptide S 
Route 66 S 
Steel Monkey S 
Unknown S 

The Membrane Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.44666, -111.68668 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jul 22, 2003

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North facing, jug hauling, blitz-krieg limestone. The Membrane hosts some of AF's finest sport routes, and on most days the crag will have someone on one of them. The Membrane is the perfect crag for busting out of Boulder and jumping on a pump-fest before you even set up the tent. With zero approach, good stone, and a wide range of difficulty to pick from, The Membrane is hard to beat. Warning: these routes are not grid bolted, so be prepared to run for the clips on most routes.

Getting There 

Park at the pull-out 1.0 miles from TCNM. The Membrane is immediately across the stream, behind the trees.

See here for a Google Street View photo of the parking area.

Route List 

Left to right:

1. Andy's Route 5.10d
2. Little Big Wall 5.11d
3. Kitchen Sink 5.10b
4. Drunken Midget 5.10a
5. On There 5.11a
6. Bad Faith 5.9
7. Caress of Steel 5.10a
8. Steel Monkey 5.10d
9. Route 66 5.12a
10. License To Thrill 5.11c
11. Flight Fright 5.12c (variation of License To Thrill)
12. Mandela 5.12a
13. Riptide 5.11a (far right)
14. Cosmological Retreat 5.11b (P2 above License To Thrill)

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Membrane

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Membrane:
Butterfingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 59'   
Caress of Steel   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Drop Zone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rincon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Steel Monkey   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
Riptide   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
On There   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
License To Thrill   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Little Big Wall   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   
Unknown   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Route 66   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Mandela   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
26   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 36'   
Between The Lines   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Membrane Roof   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 40'   
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Featured Route For The Membrane
Rock Climbing Photo: Kip, Tom Caldwell, John Ross climbing LTT

License To Thrill 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : The Membrane
Classic AF limestone haul - who can forget the hype surrounding the one "big" feature 15 or so feet off the ground of License to Thrill. Since License went in, there have been many good limestone hauls established here and elsewhere, and nowadays it may be less of a thrill than it was a decade ago. Nonetheless, License is probably one of the not-to-miss classics at AF. I thought the crux was high, at or below the roof band where things are a bit spooky (there is a clip just over the roof, so don...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Shaft
From: Salt Lake City
Oct 10, 2010
description wrote:
The Membrane is the perfect crag for busting out of Boulder and jumping on a pump-fest before you even set up the tent.

WTF, worst description ever.
By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
Oct 11, 2010 of the best!
By Sean A Smith
From: South Salt Lake, UT
Jun 24, 2011
What is "TCNM"?
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Jun 24, 2011
Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
By Jeremy Noring
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 20, 2014
Location on the map was slightly wrong; the location was where cannabis wall is (I fixed that one as well). Membrane is about 200 feet upstream from Cannabis wall.
By Brennan Crellin
From: Millcreek, UT
Aug 28, 2014
There are multiple bolt lines to anchors above this crag (second pitches). At first I thought they were projects, but they have been there at least two years, and I've never heard them mentioned. Anyone have info on these?

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