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The Triple Mantle 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Jim Cormier
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Submitted By: Jim Cormier on Aug 1, 2001

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BETA PHOTO: Dave rapping the lower part. About foot level is ...


This is straight up the face between Scout Route and Route 166. This route has three tough mantle moves one after another and progressively harder.


Set up a top rope anchor from the rappel bolts at the top.

Eds. apparently per Nathan Welton, the anchor bolts have been chopped.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dave lowering from the 2-bolt anchor.
Dave lowering from the 2-bolt anchor.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave stepping up to the first bolt above the belay...
Dave stepping up to the first bolt above the belay...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave above the mantles, just below the bolted, bla...
Dave above the mantles, just below the bolted, bla...
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By Tonya Clement
From: Boulder, CO
May 31, 2003

Somebody...please do this route and tell me if the route is intended to continue after the three mantle moves. The mantles were both challenging and fun. Three of us played on it today and we each did them entirely differently..... None of us were able to climb beyond the mantles. We ended up moving right onto the 5.5 route to get back up to clean the top rope.
By Clare Shemeta
Sep 16, 2003

The third mantle seems much harder than 5.9, that might depend upon where you do it. Right up the center seems like 10b/c or so.
By Jim Cormier
Oct 31, 2003

Tonya:When I [originally] did this route I continued up the easy terrain and did the steep section of rock to the left of the chimney. I went back with a group of folks who could not figure it out and when I got up there there was some key holds missing. This does not [surprise] me given how a lot of the rock in the SSV just flakes off. I also know similar problems with the third mantel, but we were all able to pull it, although somewhat tougher. Last few times we would just finish up the chimney. [Start on] the right side, stem the chimney and finish on the left side of the chimney and exit out to the bolts.
By Jim Cormier
May 24, 2004

I placed the 2 "Fixe" rappel bolts at the top a number of years back. But there were no bolts on the face back in 2001, so that is someone else's work. I only bolted the tops of the climbs on this rock that I regularly used with my scout troop.
By Wade Easley
Aug 6, 2004

I don't think it matters where or how you climb the last three bolts. The way it was planned was to clip bolt #4 and #5 on your left, then step across to the flake and up to the next flake to clip #6 on your right. A big stem across the chimney lets you clip #5, and then a committing move to the flake. I'll have to try it the way you mentioned. I don't know how hard it is the way I mentioned, but for us short folk I'd say at least a hard 10.

I'd love some feedback on doing it the way I mentioned above.
By Kaner
From: Eagle
May 12, 2008

After mantles, top 3-4 bolts look VERY hard and improbable (relative to my ability, ie-undoable). Saw chalk but very blank-looking bulge leading to small ridges, I'm sure it can be done, but I'd like to see it! I ran out the finish up the easy chimney to the anchors.
By Nathan Welton
From: Estes Park, CO
Mar 10, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

March 10, 2012: The top anchors have been chopped, so you'll have to walk off if you go directly up. Otherwise, you can skip the final crux bulge and head right to the other routes nearby.

Awkwardly bolted top part. Will be hard for shorter climbers to reach.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Apr 7, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The fall before clipping that 5th bolt would be pretty nasty if you were doing it from the right and stemming in.
By John Dubya
Jan 8, 2013

Just got on this thing a few days ago, and it is definitely missing some key foot holds at the 4th bolt...and I can't really see doing the stem move as mentioned previously...any attempt straight up from the 4th to the 5th bolt will require a huge dead point by my guesstimation which would put it somewhere in the 12ish range...certainly harder than any move on the 11+ to the right.
By Justin Brunson
From: Broomfield CO
May 5, 2013
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

I agree with John, something is amiss on the upper section of this route. Also-- why was the anchor chopped? Seems very strange to me, but I don't know any SSV history.

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