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Instant Karma 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Jim Karpowitz 1986
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Submitted By: Erik Pohlman on Jan 4, 2007

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Aubrey red pointing Instant Karma on her second go...


Climb up and left in the finger crack on a slab to the base of the roof. There, pull the roof in the off-finger crack, possibly using a face hold out right. At the horizontal hand crack, head up and left to join Patio Direct at the ledge. Finish on Patio Direct. Great rock.

May feel 10+ if you're taller than 5'10".


In the patio area, this climb ascends the short overhanging crack leading up to the patio ledge halfway up. Start in the left angling finger crack on the raised ledge.


Pro to 3.5". 2 bolt anchor. Rap, lower, or hike off into the gully left of this area.

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Erik on Instant Karma.
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By Terry Andrews
Feb 20, 2014

Although I think that at least one guide book has mistakenly listed the first ascent in 1986, I actually did the first ascent in December 1978. Friends had just come out and I had just got three of them for Christmas. Sam Audrain and I went to Sam's Throne and the first climb I got on was Instant Karma. I plugged my new friends in and got it clean on my first try. A local guy that watched and photographed us informed me that I had done the first ascent of "Instant Karma" when I reached the top!
By Mike-R
From: springfield, Mo
Mar 11, 2014

terry andrews. I would love to see that photo. That is a rare piece of Arkansas climbing history.
By Terry Andrews
Mar 13, 2014

Me too!! I never saw any of the photos. I think they exist though! Some old climber from the 70s probably..
By Kyle Hill
From: Denver, CO
Jun 4, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Very fun route! I don't think I placed any gear bigger than a #1 BD. It helps a lot to place a small cam at the very bottom of the roof crack in order to get the rope out of your way... A .75 BD protected the roof perfectly.

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