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Mark Tarrant starting up Moving Zen on Ra at Empir...
Presently the 6th bolted route coming up the hill, Moving Zen starts about 20' down and right of Training Day and just left of Waimea on a short slab capped by an overhang. It takes a line up and left toward T.D., running parallel to it and eventually joining T.D. for the last 35', finishing at its anchor. A 5.10 start leads to a thoroughly bizarre encounter with a small roof (.12 magic) at bolt 6. Attack the big overhang above, powering through the initial sequence (.12a), and immediately tussle with the crux. One more clip allows you to join T.D.
Superb movement on nearly flawless rock is lessened only by some breaks in continuity (ie: rests) and the link to another route. 3.5 stars.
14 bolts + anchor, 95'. Long slings very helpful on bolts #1, #4, #5.
BETA PHOTO: Moving Zen on Ra at Empire
Mark heading up to the first crux roof on Moving Z...
|By Richard M. Wright|
From: Lakewood, CO
Jul 15, 2004
Second opinion: Moving Zen runs up nearly perfect stone to join Training Day at its pegmatite band in P1 and finishes at the three bolt belay of TD. Mark had originally considered stopping MZ short of the pegmatite, leaving it entirely on perfect granite, and the hard-core may quibble about finishing on more moderate terrain. The logic of finishing at the belay stance seemed good, and a lower belay just seemed unnecessary and cluttering. MZ has two distinct cruxes as Mark indicated. Negotiating the first cruz is powerful, tricky, and hard to suss, and I'm still trying to do it without the dog. This lower crux involves moving over a small roof into a right-facing corner that would turn into 5.10 if it had a single good hand-hold. As it is, it is really powerful and asks for a lot of flexibility. The secod crux, at the second roof, is even more powerful. It begins with a heel hook and moves into progressively harder terrain with some bad open-hard palms. My estimate is 12c for this sequence alone, so linking everything may be 12c/d. The rest between cruxes may keep it level at 12c. Mark got the pro just right. The stone is good, and the moves are powerful and interesting. Two or three stars is probably correct. Kudos to Mark for hiking MZ on his second try.
From: Longmont, Co.
Jul 2, 2012
A proud pitch, requiring some very unique body movement and geometry. Bring a full bag of tricks for this one, and don't forget some power! This is a hard onsight, especially when it is void of any chalk. Flow (or 'Zen') can be found only after dialing in the correct sequences. The rock is perfect until it joins the top of 'Training Day'. The finish detracts a bit from the overall quality, but the route still deserves 4 stars for the climbing up to that point. Get on it! Long slings for bolts 1, 4, and 5 definitely help with rope drag.