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Affirmative Action 

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

   
Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Ken Kisiel, Scott Beguin, Denny Newell and Shibli Fazal (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
Rock Climbing Photo: Linda stretching it out on a late day ascent. Nov....
Linda stretching it out on a late day ascent. Nov....
Rock Climbing Photo: Tadz getting into the flow on AA.
Tadz getting into the flow on AA.
Rock Climbing Photo: The drilling of Affirmative Action, the first bolt...
The drilling of Affirmative Action, the first bolt...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ken Kisiel on the first ascent on the first bolted...
Ken Kisiel on the first ascent on the first bolted...
Rock Climbing Photo: 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
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

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
From: Dallas
Mar 30, 2014
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

A must climb (again) next time I pass through the santa fe area!
By Scott Beguin
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jun 18, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Don't forget to include Shibli Fazal for the FA crew. He was not there for the send but he cleaned literally tons of rock off this thing before it was ready and good to go.
This is still my all time original favorite sport route at Diablo. Do it again and again.

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