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The Minstrel 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Dan Hare, 1995
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Submitted By: Walt Wehner on Jan 1, 2001

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    This is the fifth route from the left. This route starts right of Sea Breeze, and stays so close to it that it's not totally clear where one is supposed to climb to avoid the holds on that route. Very contrived.


    3 bolts, joins Sea Breeze. 5 bolts in all.

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    By Friso Schlottau
    Jul 16, 2001

    I did this route a few months ago, and seemed like a fun climb - i.e., I TRd it, and wanted to come back and lead it. Went back last weekend, and tried it again, and I am convinced that a crimper toward the top has BROKEN OFF - after you move right from the vertical seam, above bolt #3, I think. There are good crimpers for both hands on the height of the 3rd bolt, and a long armsreach above, a new, blank piece of rock that seems to be where the next hold was last time. I'd be interested to see what other people say.
    By Jeff Lockyer
    From: Canmore, AB
    Nov 15, 2001

    Walt - The route is called "The Minstrel". As for the previous comment. I am not sure thay anything has broken off, there is a small crimp and the feet can be worked up a little higher perhaps for you to reach the holds just a little bit out of reach before you join back in with Seabreeze. Head back and try it again, just use the higher feet on the slab.
    By Craig Quincy
    Jun 13, 2003

    This one gets my vote for Most Contrived route at the Riviera for which there are several contenders. Do Sea Breeze, which is excellent, and skip this one.
    By claytown
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 1, 2008

    This was kinda contrived. Climb up the corner, clip a few bolts moving up the face on thin crimps. Right next to Sea Breeze so it's tough to keep to one route. Sea breeze is better.

    By Mark J. Nelson
    Jun 6, 2009
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    It may well be "The Minstrel." Note, however, that "Mistral" is much more in keeping thematically with both "Riviera" and "Sea Breeze." Since Rossiter lists it as "Mistral," it's probably useful to list it as an alias for folks that are cross referencing MP to printed guides, and for "Mistral" to appear in the text of this page so it shows up in a search.

    I didn't find it difficult to keep this route and Sea Breeze separate--I pretty much climbed the bolted line, and so stayed clearly (though not dramatically) right of Sea Breeze, mostly centered on the short face. As such, this route was, for me, definitely the more difficult of the two (and earned its 11a rating).
    By Dani
    Apr 27, 2010

    As of today this route is a little harder. My friend hulked out and broke off the third or fourth crimp before the first bolt.
    By Furthermore
    Dec 5, 2012

    Shares too much real estate with Sea Breeze and Au Natural.

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