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An early morning ascent of Mantle Marathon (5.10a)...
The route, appropriately enough, starts with a mantle (which can be harder than necessary if you miss the sequence). Higher, slabs and corners with the odd mantle thrown in gain another easier crux at the 6th bolt. The route finishes with a fun slab, passing an old, rusty bolt (7th) before reaching the anchors under a large roof.
The climbing is cerebral but also goes with a bit of thuggery in spots, which actually makes this several climbs in one.
About 10' right of Marathon Man and just left of Mantlepiece.
8 bolts, ring anchors
Just below the upper crux of Mantle Marathon (5.10...
Making use of good layaways, passing the 2nd bolt.
Doing a bit of housecleaning on Mantle Marathon.
Climber on Mantle Marathon
|Comments on Mantle Marathon
|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 19, 2007
Great climb for anyone who loves mantles! I thought this line was a lot of fun and it kept me guessing the whole time. The finishing slab is easy, but interesting...
|By Euan Cameron|
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Sep 29, 2007
If you do all the mantles on the route, the route can feel bitty and broken. If you try and reduce the mantles using layaways, and other holds the route is much better.
|By Colin Parker|
From: Idyllwild, CA
Jun 29, 2009
Great fun, and a good warmup. My girlfriend at 5'0" only had trouble on the top mantle. Enjoy!
|By Erik Campos|
From: Fort Bragg, NC
Jun 21, 2011
Top mantle before the slab was the hardest. I didn't know the sequence so I just heel hooked up it.
|By Ben Gordon|
From: La Canada, CA
Jul 2, 2012
Didn't love it, but as the only climb really of its grade in slab city it is not bad. Didnt flow very well IMO though.