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Hakuna Matata 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: pogue
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Mar 3, 2006

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Brad having a blast on Hakuna Matata


One route to the left of Stems and Seeds. Bolted arete climb, lots of bolts, one 5.10 move but all in all a fun climb. Lower off bolted anchor.


The arete between Stems and Seeds and Sinsemilla.



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By ScottH
Mar 8, 2006
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I think this is more than a one move wonder. There is good 5.10 climbing several places on the climb, and it's reasonably continuous. The movement is better than many of the monotonous climbs at Vantage.
By rohanbk
From: Seattle, WA
Nov 10, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Very fun climbing. There's a jug and good foot-hold whenever you need it. The crux comes when you need to move from the arete, traverse left a bit and then go straight up. The route is a bit sustained, but well-protected.
By Frank Bush
Apr 18, 2014

There are 2 distinct 5.10 cruxes that disrupt sustained 5.9-10a climbing. IMHO this climb deserves the original rating of 10b. It features interesting movements that break away from the typical horizontal jug pulling you find on many aretes and faces at vantage in this grade. This is a good route for the new 5.10 leader to push themselves on.
By Jacob Smith
From: Seattle, WA
Apr 27, 2014

ditto on the grade, Ford and Yoder's description is wrong, this is one of the more sustained aretes around, tougher than Boshido or Steel Pulse and definitely a few steps up from Throbbing Gristle and Whipsaw.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Aug 21, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This one really needs a anchor upgrade. While it is solid, it is stacked washers and chain.

By Josh Baxley
From: Seattle, WA
Oct 12, 2015

Some genius drew a bunch X marks on many of the bomber holds. I tried skipping these holds thinking they were actually loose and nearly pitched off. I think perhaps said person believes X means "awesome jug" and not "sketchy loose hold".
By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Oct 12, 2015

Hopefully you brushed off the chalk?
By Josh Baxley
From: Seattle, WA
Oct 13, 2015

Just the important one at the crux.
We also tried to tighten up a few of the bolts as many hangers are not just loose but significantly separated from the wall. Unfortunately the bolts can't be easily tightened without a ratchet extender, but we did our best.
By Connor Culver
From: Bellingham, WA
Nov 13, 2016

Really fun route. I thought it was a pretty sustained 5.10a climb. Definitely 5.10b in a couple sections between bolts. Watch out for the jugs that are on loose rock. Some of the bolts are pretty loose but it is really well protected.
By Gordon Seslar
From: Wenatchee, WA
May 1, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Spinning bolt hangers top to bottom make this climb a bit more spicy.

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