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Continental Drift 

YDS: 5.12+ French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12+ French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: JJ Schlick, Wade Forrest
New Route: Yes
Season: Fall through Spring
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Apr 23, 2010

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Description 

Continental Drift is an audacious route that climbs up a wide white streak twenty feet right of Solitaire. Start on bulbous rock with big moves between big holds. Take your rest at the break, and bear hug the block to access the thin pocketed climbing above. The crux involves some serious crimping, body tension, balance, and a good huck to an undercling pocket! The crux section will either excite your puzzle mind, or terribly frustrate you... You do however get a decent shake after that, but the steep 5.11 to the anchors will surely give you a run for your money.

Location 

Middle of the Main Wall

Protection 

13 bolts, long runners can be helpful in the lower middle section. fixed biner anchor.


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Keith Beckley moving into the rather long crux section.
Keith Beckley moving into the rather long crux sec...
Zoltan piecing together the details of this cryptic crux.
Zoltan piecing together the details of this crypti...
The crux.
The crux.
Zoltan on Continental Drift 5.12+
Zoltan on Continental Drift 5.12+

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By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 14, 2012

Well, I got to say that this thing has seen some strong talent, and the consensus is putting this rig more in the .13- range. Cool to see the sports action, and the falls are clean....
By Blake M
Jan 14, 2012

JJ I think that is a good grade for it, but I would be interested to see what some other people think too. Either way its a great climb [and hard]. Thanks again for all your hard work up there. I excited to give this thing another go.
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 28, 2012

Props to Zoltan for making the 2nd ascent of this line today. A very strong send indeed.
By Abel Jones
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 4, 2012
rating: 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

Good hard fun! Definitely more than one way to do this, John and I got it done the "easy" way and skipped the 10th bolt on the sends. Still clocks in at 12+ in my mind.
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 4, 2012

Nice work guys, this thing has now seen a handful of ascents in just the last week, and I'm psyched to see it. Skipping the 10th bolt is the key beta for the send!