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Blast in Black 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Johnny O'Connell, Travis Mabe (02/11/2013)
Season: winter
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Submitted By: Edward Medina on Dec 29, 2013

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Moving through the crux section.


Climb a broken corner to some interesting mantling moves. Crux is at the fourth bolt.


Middle section of cliff just right of steeper sport routes. Climbs through the darker rock.


5 bolts.

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By Johnny O
From: Wilkesboro, NC
Jan 30, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The name of this route is actually Blast In Black. The bottom section does have some crummy rock but I think that adds to the excitement and makes for good practice on rock that could break loose at any time. Too many climbers are coming out of gyms and expecting all holds to be perfect. That just isn't reality. The lower bolt was not originally there and I do not think it was necessary. This is real climbing, there is supposed to be an element of danger. The rock is excellent above the second bolt and the line stays right of the bolts until the sixth bolt. It is a little steep between the third and fourth bolts but the holds are excellent. The crux is after clipping the fifth bolt. The proper line moves to the right of the ledge at the bolt. There is a nice jug up to the right, if you can reach it, that will help you stand up on the ledge at the bolt. Mantle up onto the big ledge and climb several feet left of the last bolt. There is also an easier way to the right of the last bolt.
By Steve Lineberry
From: Charlotte, NC
Feb 10, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I've fixed the name. Thanks Johnny!

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