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Western Grebe Mantel Var. 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Oct 16, 2004

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The second pitch of Western Grebe can be modified with a hard mantel thrown in. It is a nice move and definitely committing. Instead of traversing all the way left to avoid the roof. About 15 feet before the main route is a solitary bolt a-top a mini-flake. Do it, just do it!!


5 draws and 2 for the chains

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By Anonymous Coward
Oct 18, 2004

Good Stuff!!!
By Tea
Mar 23, 2006

A weird bird for sure, but good. 9+
By triznuty
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 4, 2006
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

This is a must do Var. if your going to go up the second pitch. One word: Awesome!

I've done it a few times now and I'd say it's at least in the mid 5.10ish range.
By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Oct 23, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

That mantle is way hard... Feels really insecure, and you'd deck if you were to blow the move standing up. Can't imagine doing it without the bolt. The rest of the route is really good.
By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Oct 24, 2007

The answer must be B (deduced by process of elimination).
By triznuty
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 25, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

5.11 in what book??

Though I see how this could be harder for taller folks.. Though I'm 6'. After getting on it once again (yes I like this mantle). Still can't say that it feels like 5.11. Hard 10...Sure.

By tenesmus
Oct 26, 2007

v3 mantle
By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Oct 26, 2007

I always thought that 5.9+ was harder than 5.10, especially in LCC. Isn't that how the ratings are supposed to work?

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