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Mantle Marathon 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Louie Anderson, 2003
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 11, 2007

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An early morning ascent of Mantle Marathon (5.10a)...

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Description 

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.

Location 

About 10' right of Marathon Man and just left of Mantlepiece.

Protection 

8 bolts, ring anchors


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Doing a bit of housecleaning on Mantle Marathon.
Doing a bit of housecleaning on Mantle Marathon.
Just below the upper crux of Mantle Marathon (5.10a), Riverside Quarry
Just below the upper crux of Mantle Marathon (5.10...
Making use of good layaways, passing the 2nd bolt.
Making use of good layaways, passing the 2nd bolt.
Climber on Mantle Marathon
Climber on Mantle Marathon

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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
Administrator
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Sep 29, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

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
Administrator
From: Idyllwild, CA
Jun 29, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

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
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

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.