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Affirmative Action S 
Bedeviled S 
Bergers Bakeshop S 
Better Late than Never S 
Bush in a Blender S 
Chopping Block S 
Diabolical S 
Evil S 
Good S 
Ken's Shitty Route (K.S.R.) S 
Muscle Crow S 
Snazz By Nazz (aka Access Crack, Guillotine Crack p1) T 
Waiting to Procrastinate S 

Affirmative Action 

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

   
Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Ken Kisiel, Scott Beguin, and Denny Newell, 1996
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Submitted By: Anthony Stout on May 17, 2006

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Description 

Slightly bouldery at the start, once past the second bolt the climbing becomes easier. Pumpy finish through through the top crimpers to the anchors.

Location 

See climb # 6 on map.

Protection 

9 bolts to anchor.


Photos of Affirmative Action Slideshow Add Photo
Linda stretching it out on a late day ascent. Nov....
Linda stretching it out on a late day ascent. Nov....
Tadz getting into the flow on AA.
Tadz getting into the flow on AA.
The drilling of Affirmative Action, the first bolt...
The drilling of Affirmative Action, the first bolt...
Ken Kisiel on the first ascent on the first bolted...
Ken Kisiel on the first ascent on the first bolted...
AA upper head-wall after the crux. Pumpy!
AA upper head-wall after the crux. Pumpy!

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By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Oct 26, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I recently cleaned this route well after putting up Muscle Crow. It might be a little harder at the upper crux but the climbing is way cleaner and better. I'd give it 11a.
By Rick Bradshaw
From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 15, 2007

I believe the FA was done jointly by Ken Kisiel, Scott Beguin, and Denny Newel.
By Robin
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 6, 2009

An excellent route. I would say 11a is reasonable. If your friends walk up to this thing and tell you it's an easy 5.10a warmup... don't believe them. Unless you think 11a is an easy warmup that is.
By DGraham
Mar 30, 2014
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

A must climb next time a pass through the santa fe area! my gut says it's a soft 11a, just get past the eroded, bouldery start then crimp your way up to the upper crux.