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Mississippi Palisades
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L to R R to L Alpha
Access Climb T 
Blank Face TR 
Bowline T,TR 
Crack-a-Toe-a T,TR 
Decapitator T,TR 
Difficult Crack T,TR 
Double Overhang T,TR 
Ethos TR 
Face Off TR 
First Crack T,TR 
Java TR 
Knob Off TR 
Next To Nothing 12.a TR 
Nosey T,TR 
Over and Up TR 
Papoose T,TR 
Pretzel TR 
Pretzel Face TR 
Quiver T,TR 
Return Engagement TR 
Riverview Ridge T,TR 
Second Crack T,TR 
Sentinel Chimney T,TR 
Sentinel East Face T,TR 
Sentinel North Face TR 
Snaky T 
Third Crack TR 
Twin Cracks TR 
Up and Off TR 
Wrap-Around Route T,TR 
Unsorted Routes:


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

Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ron Bull 1975 or 1976
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Submitted By: metrozen on Jun 11, 2008  with updates from Ron Bull

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BETA PHOTO: Photo of Sentinal Area (Pretzel Wall),Climbs from ...


The crux is the namesake of this route. A hard reach right to an undercling and slick foot smearing.


Second wall on left (after the cave), follows obvious central line.


toprope - sling the trees

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By Forestvonsinkafinger
From: Iowa
Oct 22, 2009

I've known the route as Pretzel Face, I think of a guy with a pretzl face and laugh a few hours. Classic route, slot all your rp's if you wish to sink pro.
By Gary Taylor
Oct 25, 2009

We called the route which shares the same start as the Pretzel but angles left the "Pretzel Face" 5.10. The classic Pretzel angles slightly right.
By Dave Goodell
Aug 17, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

There are two side-by-side bolts in the vertical face at the top of this route for anchoring. If you're paranoid about using just two bolts for some reason, there's a third bolt on a horizontal rock face 3-4 feet back and a foot up from these two main bolts. Otherwise the third bolt plus a double-length sling makes a decent safety tether when climbing down to rig the main bolts for a top rope or a rappel down.
By Ron Bull
Feb 23, 2015

I know there is no proof, but I put this route in in 1975 or 1976. There were not many climbers at the Palisades at that time. I named the route for the cross handed position with your feet high at the crux. I figured I looked like a pretzel from the ground. This is the only route I ever named there, although I also put in the 5.8 route on the north side of Sentinel at the same time.
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