Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: A. Miller (FFA-Cloud Hall)
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Shared By: Aaron Miller on Jun 28, 2006
Admins: Shirtless Mike, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Left of the middle of solar cave, this route climbs through steep roof resembling the shape of a Mastodon's chest. Hard sustained sequences.


Presently, just left of Evolution.


5 fixed chain draws, 2 quickdraws


Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
One of the better 5.13s in northern NM, if only it were twice as long! Quite a bit different character than Native Rituals, which is more technical but less dynamic. Mastadont is more 'burly' with thuggish moves between relatively large holds. Basically a 20-move power endurance sprint. Apr 6, 2007
LeeAB Brinckerhoff
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
Fun steep gym rat climbing, easier for me than Native Ritual. V6 boulder problem with long moves on good holds up to a good rest to a V5 on the less steep headwall using underclings and rounded holds. Apr 16, 2009
Shirtless Mike
Denver, CO
Shirtless Mike   Denver, CO  
About the same difficulty for me as the other 13's Survival and Native Rituals, but I like "steep gym rat" climbing. More full body strength than finger strength dependent. Certainly felt the most secure of the Solar Cave 13's. Nov 19, 2012
Daniel H.
Santa Fe
Daniel H.   Santa Fe
My favorite route at Diablo.

Can be broken down into several boulder problems separated by marginal rests. V3/4 off the slab with a cool inversion maneuver through the slopers. Find the decent finger jug out left, then bust right into the crux V6 or so with powerful moves up decent sidepulls, culminating with an all-star move going to the sloper. Several positive holds appear as the route continues to steepen and the feet get smaller. Cop a decent rest if you can, before the final slopey and off balance V5 or so on the headwall slab.

A true gem of a route. Jun 13, 2018