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Abyssmal S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Batten The Hatches S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gnarwhal S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Man The Cannons S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Mating Ritual S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Poop Deck S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Riptide S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Walk The Plank S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Watery Grave S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Type: Sport, 45 ft
FA: Evan W.
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Shared By: Evan Wisheropp on Jul 15, 2016
Admins: Rick Shull, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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The Mating Ritual consists of wildly exciting and strenuous movement from bottom to top with very technical sequences on quality rock. The route is split into three cruxes separated by two mediocre rests. Begin in the chimney and cut left with a big throw past the first bolt. Finagle your way through a bizarre sequence (or muscle up directly if you are strong) up to a sub-par rest at the 3rd bolt: techy V7- with the right beta or powerful V8 without. The second crux is a short, but low percentage V6+. Cross through to a wild flying squirrel move: Launch off a sidepull, to a wedge, then to a hidden hold right around the bulge all in one viciously amazing throw. Taller/stronger folks might be able to static it. Cop a quick rest on jugs with no feet, then move left into the dihedral for the third, easier crux.

The route is short and stout; shorter but much more challenging than Redwood Burl and similar in difficulty to Thank You Thighmaster but with many more hard moves.


First route on your left as you enter the corridor, just before the log.


5 bolts (titanium), Ram's horns anchor.


Second ascent by none other than Ethan Pringle! Who's got thirds?? Dec 21, 2016
Ryder Dschida
McKinleyville, CA
Ryder Dschida   McKinleyville, CA
Really proud to have been a part of this route. From pointing out the line and the "hey, this could go" scout, to the bolting, to being there for the FA lead. It looks hard as hell. Maybe, one day, I can climb this. Jul 23, 2016
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
Wow! Jul 19, 2016
Ah, I top roped two finishes and settled on one that I think is pretty magical. The bolts are to the right of the arete, but I will leave the beta up to you! I will say that attacking it straight on makes it significantly harder. Jul 16, 2016
Verdi, NV
Lurker   Verdi, NV  
Nice one! I eyeballed this thing like 20 times. Does it finish slapping up the short arete right of that small dihedral? Jul 16, 2016