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BETA PHOTO: NE Mantle.
First off, I'm not sure this is the correct name for this problem, so if anyone knows what it is or who did the FA, feel free to submit a change or let me know and I will.
This problem is on the North East corner of the pebble boulder above an exposed tree root. One can identify it by a seam with two handholds that angles down and left; these are your starting handholds. To start, put your hands on the handholds and get your feet up however you like it-some use a heel hook, other just use a toe under the 'hang. From here, blast up to the sloping ledge above and then grunt your way up and over the bulge, mantle-ing as you go, utilizing if need be the next sloping ledge above. I personally like to put my left foot on the starting handholds and then rock onto it for the mantle.
This is a classic scrape your legs and stomach problem, and a must do for Flagstaff firsters.
I give it two stars because no one else will, and because it's such a battle.
There's a big root and ledge below this problem, and you have to hang upside down almost to start it, so it can hurt to fall unless you position your pad appropriately.
By Brent Apgar
From: Out of the Loop
Mar 27, 2008
If anyone knows, what is the problem that starts in the hole about 6 feet down and left from the start holds described for the NE mantle and then travs into the mantle?
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Mar 28, 2008
rating: V2 5+
A complete miniguide to the Pebble Wall can be found here:
There is not a great answer for your Q. I thought Mike Moelter developed the problem, but was told Bart Strege did it first which must have been in ~2001 or 2002 based on when he was pulling hard in CO. I'm not sure how to reach him for the history of the problem. If anyone knows, please provide info or give him a heads up.
As an aside, Northeast Mantel is nowhere near V4, but I digress.