|The Christian Brothers
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
start of ROF
just above the crux
|By Toby Butterfield|
From: Portland, OR
Jul 3, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 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.
Jun 23, 2013
disagree that this is a good onsight-able 11+