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Mithras is the nice-looking line of bolts just right of Eyeless in Gaza. While Eyeless offers pumpy, sustained climbing, Mithras is much more powerful and bouldery.
After a sketchy bit of 5.8ish climbing to the first bolt, the crux comes at bolts two and three, and yields to a smart sequence. Climbers who attempt to thug the move may end up disappointed. Eventually, before bolt four, you climb more or less up the arete, maybe sneaking right for a rest or leaning left for a clip. A final, aesthetic boulder problem on the left face guards the chains.
Mithras is among the best sport routes at Sundown, and a worthy tick for those who have already done Eyeless or for those who are sick of falling right before Eyeless's anchors.
Immediately to the right of Eyeless.
Cruxing. Photo by Mike Manganiello
|By Colin R|
From: Ottawa, ON
Mar 27, 2011
I tried this route a few years back. Is the no-hands rest to the right of the arete considered on-route?
From: Portland, ME
Mar 28, 2011
I used it when I tried this rig. It's right there, so avoiding it felt contrived.