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Attack of the Sand Shark

This route is located in the Northern Gorge Region at Phantasia


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St. Alfonso's 5.7 (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Eric Bostrum, Carol Beechy in 1976
Length: 80ft
Gear: Standard rack (report bad anchors)

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Walk 25 feet left from Attack of the Sand Shark to locate a wide handcrack. Climb the crack to a ledge.
Moves: Hands
Descent: Rap from tree. Bring fresh webbing if you want to do it right.
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS
hands (1) fists (1)
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3.19 stars (32 votes)
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5.8- (20 votes)

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Submitted by: Redpoint
Date: Feb 19th, 2011


ynot said on October 14th, 2003
longer than 60 ft.More like 75 or 80
The Pirate said on June 28th, 2004
long and tough lead for a 5.7
squeezindlemmon said on June 27th, 2006
Super FUN!
Anonymous said on September 6th, 2008
Good, wholesome, safe climb. Start with a whole-body chimney that gets you safely far off the ground onto a ledge to protect the start of your route. Then move into hand jams and jam-all-sorts-of-body-parts-into-crack territory. Easily protected with medium cams and hexes.
redwards said on October 6th, 2008
No need to go in the chimney at all - tons of great face holds/stemming. Good fun. 3.5 stars.
p0bray01 said on May 18th, 2009
this little baby is stout...and to top it off...I was rewarded with a soaking wet crack in the last 10 feet.
trogdor said on April 4th, 2010
yes indeed
kman154 said on February 18th, 2011
Cool Climbing. Muddy at the top.
rjackson said on February 7th, 2016
All the above!
turbo2000gt said on May 30th, 2018
Bring lots of hand/fist sized cams. The bottom 30 feet looked chossy, but it really wasn't too bad. Really fun climb. There is only webbing around one tree, but there were 3 pieces of nylon and one perlon cord all going through one rap ring. Looked pretty solid to me.
MikeWilkinson said on May 2nd, 2019
Most underrated trad route I've been on yet, what a great climb! Lots of face holds for some parts, but you need some jamming skills for other parts. Eats gear, used nothing smaller than a 2 I think. Note the year this was put up when thinking about the grade...
strawmyers said on August 9th, 2020
New webbing added 8-8-20: red with gray dashes. Good, sustained route. Do it!