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The Mustard Seed 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: R. Leinter, 8/98
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Submitted By: Barry Gereb on Jan 1, 2001

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Begin on the first route on the right side of the cliff below a dihedral. Begin on the arete and enjoy some tricky but well-protected 5.8+ moves to a slabby dihedral. Lower off 50' to descend.


5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. Quickdraws.

Photos of The Mustard Seed Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Dillon moving onto the arete on Mustard Seed...
Peter Dillon moving onto the arete on Mustard Seed...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Mustard Seed; the rightmost route on The Corne...
BETA PHOTO: The Mustard Seed; the rightmost route on The Corne...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mustard Seed.
Mustard Seed.
Rock Climbing Photo: Barry Gereb ascending the arete.
Barry Gereb ascending the arete.

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By Jeff Lockyer
From: Canmore, AB
Sep 13, 2001

A very nice beginner lead, easier if you start the route on the arete (right) it may make it easier to get to the dihdral. Other than this a very straightforward route, with enjoyable climbing throughout. Have fun... I give this 3 stars.
By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 6, 2002

I agree that this is a great route for beginners, and it's also a pretty good warmup route for an 5.8.
By Jonathan. D.
May 8, 2003

Enjoyable climb.
By DavidHH
From: Parker, Colorado
Jun 10, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I have to disagree with everyone. I thought this route was terrible.
By Lizette Pena
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 13, 2006

I disagree with the comment that this is a good beginner lead. The start of the route was a bit sketchy, and I did not feel secure and was just following it. I don't recommend this as a beginner lead.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 13, 2006

Have to agree with Liz here. I have led many 5.8s and found this one to be pretty sporty for 5.8 (guess that's why there is a plus sign after it in the guidebooks). I actually found it more challenging than the supposed 5.9/5.10 climb on the left side. The climb is safe, though, because it is well bolted; so, have at it, but imho would be challenging for a newer 5.8 leader. But hey, everyone has different strengths and likes. An enjoyable, if short, climb.
By Matt Pierce
From: Denver, CO
Oct 22, 2012

I agree that this isn't a great BEGINNER lead, but it's a fun route for those beginners looking to push themselves a little. And it's pretty short and well bolted. All the bolts are in great shape as of yesterday.
By Andy B
Sep 7, 2014

Fun and very well protected, but the rock is a little tricky to read. I would not recommend this to the new 5.8 leader.

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