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Bolt Action 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E5 6a

Type: Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Ruckman Bros, 1991
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Nov 20, 2001
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Smack-dab in the middle of the overhang are several routes that end just below the big roof. Bolt Action hauls up on the ledge after a clip and then moves out right on huge jugs that look as though they won't last another year, but they always do. Power out right for several clips, and the jugs just keep on coming. The line straightens up to slightly past vertical climbing on big edges and side pulls. Most of the cimbing after the fourth clip is probably never harder than mid to low 5.11, however, for some of us the pump just keeps on coming right up to the anchors.

Frankly, I have always gotten a kick out of this line and have been doing it since 1991 and can't imagine going to the Ruckman Cave without doing it. If the rock were a tad better I would have no hesitation to give Bolt Action three stars. This line is terrific.


Eight draws and a rope.

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By Anonymous Coward
Mar 14, 2004

A local climber told me holds have broken off the crux bulge, but the grade is about same. Seems as difficult as defensless betty.