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The Mercy Seat 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a/b French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: Porter Jarrard, 1992
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Submitted By: Eddie Avallone on Apr 1, 2008

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Doug Fischer climbing The Mercy Seat


Climb Apollo past the second bolt; bear left to blocky pinches below roof. Climb left bolt line past jugs to a hard move to get established in a dihedral. Make a cruxy clip to a big move up and left to a jug.
Race through apollo-esque climbing to the "mercy seat" in the bottom of the big dihedral 1 bolt from the finish. Here it is, self-explanatory throwing up the dihedral required. Very fun!
Good route, a bit harder than Apollo, but much easier than the Pod.


Climb Apollo to 2nd bolt and bear left.


Fixed chains! 9 in all.

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By Andrew Freeman
From: Brookline, MA
Jun 3, 2009
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

The crux up top is so fun, it's almost stupid. Definitely a significant step up from apollo. I'd say around 12c to a steep rest, to a V4/5, though low percentage.
By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Oct 31, 2009
rating: 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c

Significantly fewer moves than Apollo Reed but with 2 sections that are harder than anything on Apollo in each corner.
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
May 23, 2012

Getting into the lower corner is one of the most awkward moves I've ever done on a sport route: crimp-gastoning tiny pebbles and thrutching up with feet way below.

The final crux is just plain fun.
By Chaz-O
Sep 29, 2014
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

Not that it matters but I felt it was about 13a up to the "seat". You can do the final move either static or dynamic, but it takes more strength to set the static stance.
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