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South and West Faces of Ceremonial Rock
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Ceremonial Traverse 
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South Face 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: unknown 1968
Season: year round
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Submitted By: Rick Shull on Oct 23, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: South Face (5.6) of Ceremonial Rock in Patricks Po...

Description 

Clean face with horizontal and diagonal cracks. Though most often toproped, this climb is easily protectable and is a fun lead on excellent rock.

Location 

The South Face route is located just to the left of the summit stairs. Walk off.

Protection 

Small to medium cams. 2 bolt anchor.


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The South Face can be a great full moon climb on a...
The South Face can be a great full moon climb on a...
The south face as seen from the base of the climb.
BETA PHOTO: The south face as seen from the base of the climb.
Last couple of moves to the nice 2-bolt anchor (ea...
BETA PHOTO: Last couple of moves to the nice 2-bolt anchor (ea...

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By Floyd Hayes
Jul 30, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I led it onsight but it wasn't a picnic. The start was a bit wet and slick, and I nearly grounded when my foot buttered off after placing my first piece. The holds were dirty and often filled with leaves, so I had to clean the cracks before placing gear. Once I pulled out a big clump of grass! Climbing through the tree branches was unaesthetic. I thought it had some tricky moves for 5.6.
By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
May 22, 2014

Hmmnn... another recollection: In the corridor which leads to the steps up Ceremonial, we did a repeat of an old route which ascends the face on the right as one is going up. It was mossy, but had good holds and an exciting finish. If I remember right, one can scramble off the top from the north side of this same formation...
By Evan Wisheropp
Jan 3, 2015

One of the bolt hangers is currently missing so bring a thick sling to back up to the post.
By Morganser
Feb 9, 2015

Following on this route as a beginner was a lot of fun, and allowed plenty of chances for practicing technique. Lots of branches from adjacent tree to climb through in one section.
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