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Mantle Dynamics 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Kevin Pogue
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Zeb Kenyon on Jul 3, 2006

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This shares the start of Continental Crust but continues straight up the arete. The arete may seem a bit exposed to some but it's almost impossible to climb above your protection on this one. A couple of "cruxy" moves in the middle spice up the route and as you may have guessed at least one is a mantle.


Southeast side of Competition Rock.


18 bolts plus chain anchors

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Rock Climbing Photo: Epic day
Epic day
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Beautiful climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: Garret on Mantle Dynamics
Garret on Mantle Dynamics
Rock Climbing Photo: High up above the valley on Mantle Dynamics. Septe...
High up above the valley on Mantle Dynamics. Septe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun stuff on Mantle Dynamics.  The way-cool gigant...
Fun stuff on Mantle Dynamics. The way-cool gigant...

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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Sep 7, 2008
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

The mantle move onto the gigantic chicken head at the start of the route is super cool. Really nice route.
By Shaft
From: Salt Lake City
Jun 29, 2009

Awesome looking line, and like the (new) guidebook says, "more bolts than a small town hardware store" which lessens the route.

Great position and moves but do you really need a bolt at your feet/waist/shoulders at the same time?
By Mike Roghaar
May 11, 2011

Good Good Fun. Kevin does seem to use a lot of bolts, if ya feel like skippin em, skip em.
By Stan Pitcher
From: SLC, UT
Oct 6, 2011

Great climbing on this one - even if you clip every bolt you only need about 10 draws cause you can grab every other one at your knees as needed.
By Trevor.
From: Boise, ID
Nov 29, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Super cool climb with great movement. Like all Kevin Pogue routes, there are a ton of bolts, but you can always skip a few if you don't feel like essentially being on toprope for every move.
By Daniel Nelson
From: Jackson, WY
Oct 29, 2013

One of the most unique climbs I've ever had the pleasure of doing - extremely fun. So well bolted, you feel like you're on top rope the whole climb. Bring 18 draws if you plan to clip them all - I was able to comfortably retrieve draws below me at least 6 times to conserve.
By Sam Cannon
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 3, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

No way is this harder than Red Rib. 5.10a. You're also on TR the whole time, but this is super fun.
By dave bingham
Jun 9, 2014

Interesting point about being easier than "Red Rib". For sure. Thanks to Kevin Pogue for all those bolts. Clipping about half of them make it feel more "old school", if you're in to that sort of thing.
By Dan Mathews
Aug 28, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Very fun route with several cruxes. I laughed when I saw the first two bolts, then quickly realized the first moves were harder than they appeared!

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