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The Mantel Route 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Lee Jensen on Jul 8, 2004
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Description 

This route is about in the middle of the slab just right of Mr. Cornflakes. At the base of the route is a large block (about 2.5 feet tall). You can use this to distinguish it from the many other bolted routes on the slab.

The crux comes in the middle of the route where you clip a bolt from an easy stance and then try to move up with little to no hands.


Protection 

Eight bolts. Double bolt anchor with chains at the top.



Photos of The Mantel Route Slideshow Add Photo
Shows some of the better sport routes on the slab along this the easiest approach to get to the top. Note that there are probably five other sport routes not shown on this topo.
BETA PHOTO: Shows some of the better sport routes on the slab ...
Leading the mantle, about half way up. Most of the route goes really easy, but there is one spot where you really start to wonder where you are going to put your feet and you really start to appreciate sticky rubber.
Leading the mantle, about half way up. Most of the...
Eric rappelling down.
Eric rappelling down.
Past the crux.
Past the crux.
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By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
May 13, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

As the name suggests, a mantle at the crux (in the middle of the route) helps a lot. Great moves, and fun climbing throughout.

By Christopher Sorensen
From: Provo, UT
Sep 7, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Very tricky crux. The last bolt is a good twenty feet from the chains, but it's a pretty easy climb up, but still best to be careful. Fun climb. The crux can be a little frustrating.

By Adam Wilson
From: Provo, UT
Nov 29, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

It's nice to be excited on 5.8. And by excited I mean gripped out of my mind. Protection is plenty adequate, but low percentage move of the kind you just have to love on the most polished of polished quartzite... I love this route.

By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Mar 12, 2009

This was the first route I led after moving to Utah. I had been climbing for a number of years in So. Cal. The crux really took some thought and reminded me of some of the slab routes on granite.

By Brandon Bishoff
From: Austin, TX
May 28, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

The crux of this really took me by surprise. I had to stand there and look at the little holds on the side of the mantel, but after I commited to it it was really no problem. Not a good beginner lead.

By Greg Halliday
From: Spanish Fork, UT
Oct 18, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c

Good climb, but I would have to say it's harder than a lot of other 5.8s. The only reason is that most people don't think to use some of the moves you need on this climb. I thought that it was a little balancey for the grade. Once you've done it, it sure could be 5.8 and maybe less, but onsight, not so much. Two examples (although both crack climbs and probably not generalizable): Seibernetics and 30 Seconds Over Potash are both easier to onsight.

By Jim Knight
Oct 20, 2011

ratings are based on physical difficulty, not technique. the rating is proper. climb smart. what better way to build your good route-reading/finding skills and sound technique than on an fun climb like this that makes you think?

By Greg Halliday
From: Spanish Fork, UT
Nov 6, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c

You're right about climbs being rated by physical difficulty, not technique. I think I was just feeling sorry for myself getting kicked around a bit by a 5.8.

By Dakota Belliston
From: Spanish Fork, UT
Feb 18, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

The routes on this wall were pretty confusing. I Believe I started to combine this route with the route to the right. ~ 3-4 bolts up is your obvious crux. Move seams a little harder then a 5.9 move because you don't have any hand holds. Take your time. It's all there.