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Ring of Fire 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Brooke Sandahl, June 1988
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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Jan 22, 2006

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Ring of Fire climbs up just left of center of the face immediately to the left of the Combination Blocks. The very well-protected crux comes about 1/3rd of the way up at a small overhanging section, which is then followed by consistent 5.10+ climbing to the anchors.

If you study the holds from the ground this is a great opportunity for a 5.11+ onsight.

One sidenote: I had a belayer drop me to the ground on this route once-- too many people chatting and not paying attention to me while pulling through the crux. The boulders at the bottom don't make for very good crash pads. Smith Rock can have a very active social scene and it's easy to become distracted. Pay attention to your climber!


6 bolts and a bolted anchor

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By richard magill
Jul 3, 2012

burly crux!
By Toby Butterfield
From: Portland, OR
Jul 3, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

While I disagree that this could be a good onsight--the crux is incredibly cryptic--if you put in the work to figure out the moves it climbs really well. Lovely route.

Be very discriminating in your choice of holds near the crux, there's a lot of worthless crap up there in addition to the few holds that are juuuuust good enough.
By donggua
From: Corvallis, Oregon
Jun 23, 2013

disagree that this is a good onsight-able 11+
By Franck Vee
Jul 10, 2017
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Yeah, not an onsight candidate. The crux is frankly not obvious at all. I think if you onsight this, your onsight level is likely higher than 11d - doesn't take any credit for doing it, but if 11+ is limit onsight level it will be a though one.

The crux is SUPER well protected, but the clip above it is a bit of a bitch. Amazing climb and a good REDPOINT, in my opinion - once you know the crux and have mastered it, the rest isn't a push-over but shouldn't stop you.

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