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BETA PHOTO: South Face (5.6) of Ceremonial Rock in Patricks Po...
Clean face with horizontal and diagonal cracks. Though most often toproped, this climb is easily protectable and is a fun lead on excellent rock.
The South Face route is located just to the left of the summit stairs. Walk off.
Small to medium cams. 2 bolt anchor.
The South Face can be a great full moon climb on a...
BETA PHOTO: The south face as seen from the base of the climb.
BETA PHOTO: Last couple of moves to the nice 2-bolt anchor (ea...
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...