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Clast Action

5.9, Sport, 80 ft (24 m),  Avg: 2.6 from 143 votes
FA: Mark Hesse and Dennis Jackson
New Mexico > El Rito > El Rito Sport Area > Super Slab
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Description

Nice and long, this route is a nice moderate up lower angle rock. A mini-crux from the start to the first bolt takes you to lower angle and easier climbing. The business comes (as all routes on super slab) when you pull through the bulge at the top.

Location

Starts about 10 feet right of the arete on the left side. Second route over from the arete.

Protection

10 bolts to anchors.

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Going up
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Alpine sport climbing conditions for Pasha.
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Pulling through the cruxy bulge on the long and enjoyable "Clast Action" on Super Slab at El Rito Sport area on a cool but sunny late March day.
[Hide Photo] Pulling through the cruxy bulge on the long and enjoyable "Clast Action" on Super Slab at El Rito Sport area on a cool but sunny late March day.
Pulling through the top roof.
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Allison nearing the final clip on the long and enjoyable "Clast Action" on Super Slab at El Rito Sport area on a cool but sunny late March day.
[Hide Photo] Allison nearing the final clip on the long and enjoyable "Clast Action" on Super Slab at El Rito Sport area on a cool but sunny late March day.

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[Hide Comment] This route is actually called "Clast Action." A clast is a broken fragment of rock, and if you notice here, broken fragments are embedded everywhere. First ascent by Mark Hesse and Dennis Jackson. May 20, 2006
Larry Earley
Los Alamos, NM
  5.9
[Hide Comment] I thought Gary Clark bolted this one too. Start tricky. This climb is a 9. Mostly 5.8 but a couple of 9 moves. Nice climb for the grade. Oct 8, 2006
[Hide Comment] Varied and fun climbing, from slabby to slightly overhanging. Poorly bolted, though, especially for a 5.9 leader. There are a couple of serious runouts in the mid-section where it would be possible to bust your ankles on a ledge. Sep 21, 2008
[Hide Comment] 7th bolt needs some love. post up if you beat me to it May 29, 2015
[Hide Comment] Yeah 7th bolt is completely worn in its hole. I tried to tighten it the best i could, but i wouldn't trust it. It would probably pull... Jun 11, 2015
[Hide Comment] The 7th bolt hangar disconnected from the bolt when climbing this route on 8/1. Our friends re-attached the hanger by tightening the nut securing the hangar to the bolt. In line with the previous comments this bolt is suspect for catching a leader fall. The bolt protects the section of this climb below the crux move. Aug 3, 2015
skelldify
  5.9
[Hide Comment] A potentially great route marred by crappy bolt placement. About 3/4 of the way up, I continued straight only to find that there were no bolts that way! The bolt line jogs hard left, and thus seems very contrived. Sep 12, 2015
Chip Loomis
  5.9
[Hide Comment] 5.9 start and bulge area, rest of route is 5.8 or easier. Run-out areas are over the easy terrain, feels safe. The bolt line does shift left through the bulge, but this allows for great holds, although not obvious at first Oct 30, 2017