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The Mandala 

Hueco: V12- Font: 8A+

Type:  Boulder, 20'
Consensus:  Hueco: V11- Font: 8A [details]
FA: Chris Sharma, c. 2000
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Submitted By: Tim Steele on Jan 14, 2007

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Alex Honnold working The Mandala


This world renown problem was first climbed by Chris Sharma in the Spring of 2000, and fittingly, it represents the litmus test for the boulderer of the new millennium. The problem was originally a project tried by many strong climbers of the last decade or so, and it now stands as rite of passage for the new generation of boulderers.

As a few holds have broken since Sharma’s ascent, the climb has become a tad harder and a new sequence has been developed. In the fall of 2002, during the Petzl Roc Trip, Tony Lamiche grabbed the coveted first ascent of the sit down start (dubbed “The Mandalion,”) that checks in at V13/14, making it one of the harder testpieces in Bishop.


The obvious prow on the North-west side of the boulder.


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Jerad Friedrichs at the start of the Mandala
Jerad Friedrichs at the start of the Mandala
The Mandala.
The Mandala.
Mandala. Photo by Blitzo.
Mandala. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Adam Stackhouse
Jul 24, 2009

Quick video
By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Jan 2, 2014

It is only fitting that the former Sierra East Side denizen turned worldwide traveler Lisa Rands made the first female ascent of The Mandala on January 18, 2008 after years of attempts. Lisa's ascent of this absolutely classic line is in my opinion one of the top achievements made by an American female boulderer in the entire decade.

Dave Graham made the second ascent in summer 2000 at the end of a months long American west road trip, after four days working it, then climbed it many times in a row for photographer Wills Young. Jared Roth from Salt Lake City, Utah made the third ascent a few weeks after Graham. Chris Sharma made the first ascent in February 2000. Peter Croft was one of the persons who worked the line before Sharma's ascent.
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