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Karmic Relief 

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

Type:  Sport, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: mschlocker on Nov 18, 2007

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Myself gettin through the crux of Karmic Relief. 5...

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A reachy start leads to easier climbing above.


Head up left past the pod on your way up Middle Earth. Just right of the cave/chimney.


Bolts / rap anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: A terrible photo of the start of Karmic Relief.  C...
A terrible photo of the start of Karmic Relief. C...
Rock Climbing Photo: At the crux of Karmic relief
At the crux of Karmic relief
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By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Dec 5, 2007

A right variation follows a crack to the Glamdring anchor. Bring a .75 cam if you want to protect this. I think a smaller cam will work too. The variation goes at a grade much easier than the 10a start of Karmic Relief.
By Elush
From: CA
May 2, 2009

This is the softest 10a I've ever done. Crux is at the start, get on it and have some fun. Also the variation is not nearly as aesthetic as the bolted route imo.
By Michael Clark
From: Ames, IA
May 3, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I agree, this is the easiest 5.10 I have ever been on. More like a 5.9. But regardless it is a good climb with a tricky beginning.
By ChaseLeoncini
From: San Diego, California
Aug 28, 2012

As of August 27th, 2012, there is a large chest size boulder near the top that is coming loose. This boulder has a flake handhold that many may want to grab to pull themselves up over the ledge. Do not pull on this flake! There are other holds to grab. . . . Other than that great route. :) Be safe!

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