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Bizarre Ritual 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Vaino Kodas and Scarlet Southern, 2006
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Submitted By: George Perkins on May 14, 2007

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Mike R. finishing up a great day at Area 37 with B...


After passing a bulge low down, follow 6 bolts angling leftward on a slab to an anchor below the high roof. The easiest line is not always obvious- consider stepping off the bolt line at times for a few moves. This climb has more pockets and smaller holds than others at Area 37, but isn't as steep. It also has the best rock quality of any at the area.

Because the climb angles left, tram in while lowering to clean or have a 2nd follow through the draws.


2nd bolted line from the right end, just left of a large L-facing corner.


6 bolts to 2-bolt chain anchor

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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
May 15, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Well bolted. A good addition to the wall.
By Matt Price
Sep 10, 2007
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

I don't know why, but this is one of my favorite climbs at A37, or even Los Conchas area. Varied moves that are technical enough to keep you thinking, good rests, and a final crux!
By jcardon
From: Las Cruces, NM
Jun 18, 2009
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I don't know what it is but this route seemed harder than I anticipated, though I expect its just one of those that is not conducive to my climbing ability/level. Less straight forward than other Area 37 routes in my opinion. Oh yeah, if you use the "tramway method" to get your draws on the way down, watch that last one. I took my brother for a ride when I unclipped the last bolt. Very exciting.
By Jack Emery
From: Santa Fe, NM
Jun 27, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Sharp after a long day of climbing, but fun techy moves. I found it was a little harder than I expected, but enjoyed my first lead on this climb.
By skelldify
Feb 13, 2015
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Harder than it looks, mainly due to tricky routefinding. You think you've gone the best way, then you spend several moves thinking the other way must be easier. Once I figured out the beta, the grade seemed about accurate. I broke a foothold down low and blew my OS attempt. My wife spent close to 30 minutes minutes onsighting with several downclimbs!

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