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Left Handed Jew T,TR 
Liquid Acrobat T,TR 
Mark of Zorro T 
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Moderate 1 T,TR 
Ragger Bagger T 
Reefer Madness T 
Sangaphogos aka Easy Off-Width T 
Short and Sweet 
Steppenwolf T 
Stiff Little Fingers S 
Turkey Sandwich T,TR 
Wet Turkey aka Turkey Perch Offwidth T,TR 
Wide Chimney T 

Ragger Bagger 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Matt Bauman on Apr 1, 2001

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John, baggin' the Bagger.


Starts just right of Reefer Madness and a bit left of Gobbler on the Turkey Perch. Take the awesome hand crack at twin cracks and continue up the corner crack as it gradually becomes fists and then offwidth up a very steep and awkward corner (crux) for 20 sustained feet until a nice fingerlock saves you from the wide section...pull onto a large sloping ledge below a large roof. Tackle the roof using 2 cracks for pro and jams and stem/chimney your way between blocks on both sides to easily turn the roof and up to a tree anchor.


Medium to large cams (#3, 3.5 and 4 Camalots) for the crux wide section.

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Eddie sending "Ragger Bagger". Turkey Rocks,CO.
Eddie sending "Ragger Bagger". Turkey Ro...
Me pulling past the fun roof.
Me pulling past the fun roof.
Oh yeah.
Oh yeah.
The route.
The route.
Jeff Bryan just below the OW crux.
Jeff Bryan just below the OW crux.
Below the wide section. Luke Clarke is on the left, self-belaying on TR, on the left-angling part of Reefer Madness.
Below the wide section. Luke Clarke is on the left...
Starting into the cool offwidth section.
Starting into the cool offwidth section.
Starting the wide part. <br />One way to climb this is right side in with good right hand and right foot jams. Left foot on small knobs and smearing, left hand gastoning on the left side of the crack. If you cock your right knee you can let go with both hands.
Starting the wide part. One way to climb this is r...
Jeff Bryan starting the chimney move at the top.
Jeff Bryan starting the chimney move at the top.
Austin sending "Ragger Bagger". Turkey Rocks, CO.
Austin sending "Ragger Bagger". Turkey R...
Ross past the crux of Ragger Bagger.
Ross past the crux of Ragger Bagger.
J. Lohmeier, getting physical at the crux.
J. Lohmeier, getting physical at the crux.
Ragger Bagger's roof, so nice.
Ragger Bagger's roof, so nice.
Austin placing some pro before launching into the crux.
Austin placing some pro before launching into the ...

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By Darin Lang
Jan 1, 2001

The offwidth section is kind of weird - not straight in. There is a hand-sized crack deep in the recesses of the offwidth part that I was able to protect with a #2 Camalot and a 2.5 Friend, thus avoiding having to place a #4 (which I didn't have).
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
May 9, 2002

Ragger Bagger and Steppenwolf are, in my humble opinion, the two best climbs on the Perch, and are probably the test to see if you should be leading anything else in the area such as the great 5.9 routes on Turkey Rock itself. Reefer Madness would be a close third best route.
By Darin Lang
May 9, 2002

I agree completely with Peter's comment. Every time I go to the Turkey Rocks area, I end up climbing either Ragger Bagger or Steppenwolf, or both - regardless of what I came there to do.
By Stewart M. Green
May 20, 2003

First ascent by Dennis Jackson in 1976.
By shad O'Neel
Jul 19, 2004

I found the crux 'offwidth' section to be fairly mellow, and protectable with a blue camalot. I used a #4 in the roof section, which is good fun and then thought the mental crux was the last 5 feet since you have let your guard down and ragger bagger hasnt quite given up yet. sustained 5.8 and really good every move.....
By Paul Sampson
Jul 28, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun, fun, fun! I highly recomend it!
By David Hodges
From: Parker, Colorado
Oct 8, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I just wanted to apologize for being the one who stuck the #4 camalot thru the crux. That is the only cam I have ever lost and I am planning on returning with equipment to remove it from the route.
By Buff Johnson
Jan 20, 2006
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is about as much fun as you can have at the Perch. Excellent rock quality. I think you may be offered 4 different climbing techniques throughout the pitch (face, crack, OW, & chimney). The crux works you over, but great protection, & a really nice handcrack. I found your left foot placements are key in moving through without pumping out on the crux.

I bring a #5 Tech Friend to slam into the final offwidth. I keep forgetting that the OW is there, but am so used to needing a large cam at Turkey that I just automatically end up with it on my rack. I've face-climbed by the OW section a few times, but the last time - Ah screw it, I just chicken-winged the deal.

Tree anchor up top & walk off. (If you didn't get it clean, a good piece of advice a friend gave me: saddle up and ride 'er again!). Maybe bring half a Nalgene full for a little re-hydration, gets a little hot.

Bro had to climb it at night, he's in love I guess.
By Matt Nelson
From: Pueblo, CO
Jan 24, 2006
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Thanks bro.... Yes, I am indeed in love with Ragger Bagger. The offwidth section of this climb makes the route very worth doing. But it is really really hard to do at night with only a headlamp.... Twin cracks prior to crux are genius. Very worthwhile route!
By Randy Slavin
Jul 18, 2006

A nice variation at the top (if you're bored, a bit twitchy, and 'need' a bit more climbing) is to step right at the twin cracks above the ledge into an angling seam that shoots out right and tops out. Adds a few balancy, vaguely-nerve-wracking moves to a great route. The right-angling seam (10' below top?) is clearly visible in the photos.

This crag is so cool!
By Andrew
From: Lakewood
Apr 2, 2007

Wow. It had been at least seven years since I had been on this route, and I had never lead it. The offwidth is a much different experience on the lead. #1-4 Camalots.
By Count Chockula
From: Littleton, CO
Jul 16, 2007

Sweet route all the way. Be aware that there is a very loose, thin flake on the right once you get into the offwidth. You can see them in this photo, just above and left of the climber's head. I felt it flex and crack when I crimped on it to pull through the crux.
By Daniel Crescenzo
Aug 20, 2007

If it is not too hot, I recommend wearing pants.
It can be a real meat grinder.
By Lee Smith
Nov 25, 2007

I second the pants idea. The offwidth section was a thrash for me and beat me to a pulp. I plan to come back and do it in better style 'cause it is a great route!
By Stich
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 18, 2008

I found the weirdest part to be just around the left of the first roof thing, as you have to put your arms deep in there to grip the edge of the crack. Kind of awkward.
By Travis Merrill
Oct 13, 2009

I enjoyed the route, didn't really know what I was getting into, but Jimmie Dunn said to try it so I did. Great moves, and a fun deep section.