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Optical Illusion 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Mclaughlin, Schuler
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Submitted By: Kevin McLaughlin on Mar 25, 2008

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Top section is no Illusion. 5.11.

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Optical starts off easy (Good and Plenty start) then heads to the prow where the business starts. Steep, exciting climbing all the way to the chains.


6 bolts and gear. Long slings help with the rope drag.

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These holds are NO illusion.
These holds are NO illusion.
Optical is no illusion. It is just as wild as it appears to be.
Optical is no illusion. It is just as wild as it a...
Optical Illusion - second ascent (to our knowledge) 15 yrs. later.
Optical Illusion - second ascent (to our knowledge...
A crowded day at Thunder Ridge (there were 4 of us...).  Tina and Lori on the spectacular lines of Optical Illusion and Let's Do It Again, Daddy.
A crowded day at Thunder Ridge (there were 4 of us...

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By Monty
From: Golden, CO
May 23, 2010
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Excellent route! One of the best of the grade at Thunder. Definitely keeps you entertained the whole way. Don't forget the TCUs.
Yee haw.
By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 17, 2010
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

I enjoyed the steep finale, but launching off into unknown territory after the first bolt was exhilirating!