Rites of Passage
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Rites of Passages is an unlikely-looking pitch that offers easy climbing up to a very enjoyable roof/ceiling crux sequence.
P1: Head up the low-angle face and wide crack in the large, left-facing dihedral and pull through the vertical section at its top on bomber hand jams and face holds. Continue to a belay at a tree. 5.8, 150 feet.
P2 - 4: Head up into the large, right-facing corner as for Barfy's Favorite
and finish on that route, or move left into Forward Never Straight (a.k.a. Shade of Grey)
. To really get your money's worth, move right and finish on Judy's Jaunt
70 feet climber's right of The Greatest Route
at Greyrock is a large left-facing dihedral with a bushy crack to its left. This is Rites of Passage - don't worry, it's cleaner than it looks.
Pro for the initial section is wide; the crack could take a #5 and #6 Camalot in places, but the climbing is easy and a couple well-earned hand size cam placements can be had. Bring a standard rack from nuts to #3 Camalot, optional bigger gear.
By Kevin Landolt
From: Fort Collins, Wyoming
May 31, 2010
I climbed this route the other day with Aaron and found the climbing to be similar to easy routes like Greatest, Yellow Dihedral, Simon, etc... except with a better roof (crux) sequence. Really bomber jams lead to fun easy terrain above. Another good moderate route on the SE Face. On the first pitch, avoid the bushy crack left of the corner and stick to the wide crack in the dihedral.
By John R. Williams
From: Fort Collins, CO
Apr 17, 2011
Great route! can be TR from the tree with a 70 m. Leadable but we didn't. Big cams low, smaller high.