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Karen's Math 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: B. Stover, K. Wild
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Submitted By: John Wilder on Jul 30, 2010

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Karens Math


A fun little route with an exciting crux for both leader and follower.

Climb the crack to the flake, at the top of the flake clip a bolt then traverse left to a seam and follow it to Memorial Ledge.


Directly above the top of Vector, Vitus, and Calculus, is a VERY obvious flake leading to Memorial Ledge. Start in the gully below the flake at a crack system.


gear to 4"

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the fun 5.10a flake of Karen's Math.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the fun 5.10a flake of Karen's Math.
Rock Climbing Photo: In the perfect hand crack
In the perfect hand crack
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice flake, good gear
Nice flake, good gear
Rock Climbing Photo: Around the blobby rock in front of you, then a cru...
BETA PHOTO: Around the blobby rock in front of you, then a cru...

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By Mark Roberts
From: Vancouver, BC
Sep 6, 2011
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

It's only PG-13 if you don't have small gear. I placed a 0 or a 00 Mastercam in the upper seam and felt safe. That being said, this upper part is difficult to protect without introducing a lot of rope drag due to the bolt placement. Fun route though, would love to try it again when I'm more fresh.
By Adrian Lazar
Jul 9, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

A fun route. Use a double length sling on the bolt to minimize rope drag.. the traverse looks more gnarly than it actually is ... there's good foot and finger holds.
By Nick Wilder
Site Landlord
From: The Bubble
Aug 3, 2012

I wouldn't call this PG. Perfect pro up to the bolt, then just two moves to the left, over very smooth & safe falling terrain, but it's not that hard anyways. Then step up and a perfect #1 C3 goes in a slot. Two more moves and you're done.
By Bryan Hall
From: Portland, Oregon
Aug 16, 2012

Well protected, not PG13. I climbed this and missed the bolt on the traverse and would still call it well protected.
By Matt Hoffmann
From: Squamish
Oct 12, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Really good! Traverse was surprising when I got to it but, turned out to be solid.
By Erik Kowalczyk
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 21, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Missed the bolt before the traverse, made it feel a bit harder. But i got some use out of my 000 and 00. Remember there is a bolt at the top of the flake!

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