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Super Mario 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
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Submitted By: Andrew Palmer on Jul 29, 2008

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Super Mario graffito. Photo by Ron Kampas.

Description 

Scramble up the slab and reach up high to a right handed sidepull to start. The business starts quickly after, with a tough move off an undercling sidepull setting the tone for the rest of the climb.

Grab sidepulls, pockets, gastons, and edges on the way up. At a total of roughly 15 moves, it's more of a boulder problem than a route, but it's incredible either way.

Location 

Right in the middle of the face. In fact, if you look at it right from the trail, the two trees behind it frame it perfectly.

Protection 

4 bolts to anchors.


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Super Mario sprints up the central line on sloping pockets.
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By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Sep 9, 2013

The first ascent of Super Mario was by Scott Franking in the spring of 1989, during the same trip that he put up Mango Tango, 5.13d and he flashed one of the New's hardest climbs at the time, Stabat Mater, 5.13b. He painted the name of the route in small letters at the base of the climb ala Europe and affixed a dolls head in one of the pockets to surprise future ascentionists. He took a lot of shit for the painting from the locals, especially Rick Thompson and never returned to the New. A mystery sandblaster later removed the offending paint job.