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Karmic Trace 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Ben Folsom, August 10th 2008
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ben Folsom on Aug 10, 2008

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Wholesome's overlooked gem Karmic Trace


Strenuous moves in a dihedral lead to a knifeblade in a horizontal. Another big move leads to good cracks above. Where the crack kind of runs out, continue straight up the face past gear placements in horizontals. A final mantle onto a slab and a good horizontal crack to set up a gear belay.

To descend, and easy scramble right (about 5.4) from the natural anchor will lead you to a set of chains on top of Celestial Ascension. Rappel from there.


To the right of Swamp Cooler is Painted Bird, which has a bolt and pin at a 3 foot roof. To the right of that is "Tainted Word" which has a fixed knifeblade above a small roof. Just to the right of that is a clean dihedral with a fixed knifeblade in a horizontal above the end of the dihedral. This is "Karmic Trace". The next route to the right is "Devil Tree".


A set of cams from small to #2 camalot size. Be sure to save two or three for the belay. The horizontal crack for the belay is varied in size.

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By Ben Folsom
Aug 10, 2008

I spent many hours cleaning dirt, gravel & cobwebs out of the cracks. The knifeblade which protects the crux is bomber. When I placed it, it rang and went in perfectly. I have fallen on it many, many times and it hasn't budged.
By Ben Folsom
Aug 11, 2008

I tried to do my homework... but if anybody has led this (or soloed it) before, please let me know and I'll go yank the pin I placed and delete this post. I doubt it has been climbed before as the crack was full, and I mean full of dirt and gravel. I spent 4-6 hours cleaning it out. I did not clean any of the nice, green, aesthetic lichen off the wall. None of the usable holds interfered with it. I asked around and couldn't find anything about this line anywhere.
By drewford
From: Wasatch Back, UT
Aug 13, 2008

Nice work Ben! Been eyeing that 'hedral for years. Glad you did the cleaning!
By clayhoon
Sep 16, 2008

nice addition.. hard little boulder problem..
By Ben Folsom
Nov 1, 2010

Someone stole the fixed pin I left in this route. It's a good route, and is unprotectable without that pin. I guess I'll have to put a bolt in now? if the pin is going to continue to disappear.
By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Nov 1, 2010

Lame. Somebody needs to have their nuts nailed to Devil Tree...
By Ben Folsom
Jun 13, 2014

Heard the bolt is gone now too. btw... that bolt was placed on the lead. Surely removed on rappel.

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