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YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Tom Gilje and Dan Osman
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Submitted By: richard magill on Jun 10, 2006

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Possibly one of the funnest moves I've ever gotten...


Super classic! If you can stand the road noise and the guys breaking into your car, this is the route you want to be doing while you are here.

Climbs out the Mentor cave (just right of the Blasphemy wall) on great pockets, edges, sidepulls... the whole kitchen sink. Very Steep!

Somewhere toward the middle you even get a leg thread to cop a rest.

Once you pull out of the cave onto the headwall, you lose sight of your belayer - and the road noise ensures you can't communicate verbally. Just a heads up.

In spite of the irritations of the VRG, this route still gets 4 stars.


Mentor cave, right of the Blasphemy wall

Obvious route right in the middle.


9 bolts to anchors

Photos of Mentor Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Clipping the chains.
Clipping the chains.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hand foot match
Hand foot match
Rock Climbing Photo: Sickie limestone
Sickie limestone
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike cutting his feet for the pic near the top.
Mike cutting his feet for the pic near the top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Having a blast on Mentor
Having a blast on Mentor
Rock Climbing Photo: Bring your needle for the leg thread
Bring your needle for the leg thread
Rock Climbing Photo: coming down after a burn
coming down after a burn

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By Tim Steele
From: Bishop, CA.
Jan 21, 2007

has my vote for best sport .12b in the U.S.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Oct 21, 2012

Have you ever been climbing in the gym and found yourself holding onto a full hand grip towel rack of a hold upside down on a roof thinking, "this is completely unrealistic, no hold like this exists in real rock". Repent my friend. This is it. 3 huge towel rack holds on one climb. Your training in the gym on 5.10 jugfests has paid off. Mix in some sidepulls, pockets, slopers, a leg thread(say what?, this isn't Greece!), hand jams, head jam in a huge hole rest, a slung chockstone in place of a bolt, mono dynos!, this has it all. Whip away my friends, you won't find a better .12 closer to I-15 than this.
By James Yates
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 2, 2014
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

I second that this is the best sport 12b that I have done in the US. The rock quality is superb and the moves are incredibly varied. Everything from mono moves, to handle bar rests, cutting feet, pullin roofs, you name this climb has got it!
By lech
Feb 22, 2016
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

If you like overhanging routes with big moves to big holds, this is your route. Well protected and varied movement. My wife found this route to be too shoulder intensive and reachy. If you can't reach the big hold on this route you may just have to dyno as there are not many small intermediates.
By Jared LaVacque
From: Anchorage/Grand Junction
3 days ago
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

This route would be 4 starts if the crack under the roof and a few holds above weren't coated in chalk/sweat/rubber slime imported from Rifle. Aside from that, it's a great line.