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The Mustard Seed 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: R. Leinter, 8/98
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Submitted By: Barry Gereb on Jan 1, 2001

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    Begin on the first route on the right side of the cliff below a dihedral. Begin on the arete and enjoy some tricky but well-protected 5.8+ moves to a slabby dihedral. Lower off 50' to descend.


    5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. Quickdraws.

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Barry Gereb ascending the arete.
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    By Jeff Lockyer
    From: Canmore, AB
    Sep 13, 2001

    A very nice beginner lead, easier if you start the route on the arete (right) it may make it easier to get to the dihdral. Other than this a very straightforward route, with enjoyable climbing throughout. Have fun... I give this 3 stars.
    By Aron Quiter
    From: Oakland, CA
    Sep 6, 2002

    I agree that this is a great route for beginners, and it's also a pretty good warmup route for an 5.8.
    By Jonathan. D.
    May 8, 2003

    Enjoyable climb.
    By DavidHH
    From: Parker, Colorado
    Jun 10, 2006
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    I have to disagree with everyone. I thought this route was terrible.
    By Lizette Pena
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 13, 2006

    I disagree with the comment that this is a good beginner lead. The start of the route was a bit sketchy, and I did not feel secure and was just following it. I don't recommend this as a beginner lead.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 13, 2006

    Have to agree with Liz here. I have led many 5.8s and found this one to be pretty sporty for 5.8 (guess that's why there is a plus sign after it in the guidebooks). I actually found it more challenging than the supposed 5.9/5.10 climb on the left side. The climb is safe, though, because it is well bolted; so, have at it, but imho would be challenging for a newer 5.8 leader. But hey, everyone has different strengths and likes. An enjoyable, if short, climb.
    By Matt Pierce
    From: Denver, CO
    Oct 22, 2012

    I agree that this isn't a great BEGINNER lead, but it's a fun route for those beginners looking to push themselves a little. And it's pretty short and well bolted. All the bolts are in great shape as of yesterday.
    By A. Bandos
    Sep 7, 2014

    Fun and very well protected, but the rock is a little tricky to read. I would not recommend this to the new 5.8 leader.

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