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YDS: 5.13b/c French: 8a+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: X- ZA: 30 British: E7 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13b French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 30 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: A. Miller (FFA-Cloud Hall)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Aaron Miller on Jun 28, 2006

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James working through the difficult moves of Masto...


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

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By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Apr 6, 2007
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

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.
By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Apr 16, 2009
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

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.
By Aaron Miller
Apr 13, 2010

April 2010

Cleaned all the questionable rock out from below the first fixed draw. Makes for a better start off the slab. Doesn't change the character of the climb at all.
By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Nov 19, 2012

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.