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Pagan Rituals 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Rich Bechler - Summer 1989
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Submitted By: James Schroeder on Sep 22, 2006

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Kayte Knower starts Pagan Rituals. Photo Ron Long


Pagan lies immediately to the right of the classic Zig-zag crack. The route is difficult and sustained, with varying climbing. It starts by using medium edges to balance onto the initial bulge and attain the horizontal flake a the lip of the giant roof. From there hard pulls on small edges take the climber over the roof and into the hanging dihedral above. Here, some tenuous counter-pressure moves leading to another hard pull on a small side-pull pocket and undercling deposit the climber at a decent hold and a chance to grab a dab of chalk. After this brief "rest" the climber heads out of the dihedral to the right and follows a few more difficult crimps eventually ending in the upper crack of Zig-zag crack.

All-told it is fun route with interesting movement.


Quickdraws - No chains or top anchors

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By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Jun 7, 2007
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

The giant horn that was a good jug rest was pulled off. It changes the route a bit, and makes it just a tad harder.
By James Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Jun 25, 2007

I've bumped it up to 11d because of the horn falling off...
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Jul 1, 2007
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Pagan Rituals, as far as I can tell, heads into Zig Zag Crack at the top. Therefore, in addition to five draws, you also need a few cams and some stuff to build an anchor.

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