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Absolution S 
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Bar None S 
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Feeling Lucky S 
Final Solution T 
Happy Ending T 
Hot if You're Not aka The Brown Eye Wall S 
Knot Carrot S,TR 
Ribspuren T 
Southeast Arete T 
Sunny Side One T 
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Touch Monkey S,TR 
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What If You're Not? S,TR 
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Ribspuren 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: H. Weninger & B. Bell, 1989
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Submitted By: Tony B on Sep 8, 2002

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  • Description 

    This climb is done either as a single pitch 5.8 or a two-pitch 5.10d, with the second pitch being "Happy Ending" which is listed [separately] on this site. The two pitches are so different in location, position, character, and grade that they are practically unrelated anyway.

    To climb Ribspuren, get to the West side of Der [Zerkle] and find a thin attached flake near the ground, just north of the center of the west face. Climb up and right on this as a hand-traverse to reach a ledge. From the ledge, step right to climb pockets and face holds near a right-facing corner with a seam or two. This is not well protected to this point, and is proteced thereafter by large cams in pockets, which are solid, but somewhat sparse. Follow a line to the top of the cliff, stepping left of the right-facing feature at a bulge, and them back right.

    Once on top, walk up and left (north) up the slab to find a good belay.

    From there, one can climb "Happy Ending" (some 50' up hill) or descend via a walk off to the North. Be careful to avoid the poison ivy.

    Protection 

    Rositer calls this a thin crack. Don't let that [deceive] you though, the gear required is actually large cams in pockets. I used one each #3 and #4 Camalot at the cruxes, but could have used additional [pieces] in that same size range if I'd had them. Regardless, there will be some runout, particularly at the bottom.


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    By Leo Paik
    Administrator
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    May 31, 2003

    There is an OK #2 Camalot in a pocket placement at the end of the opening traverse for your 1st piece of pro. A small Alien near the top is useful.
    By David Ruhter
    Jun 3, 2014
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

    I couldn't tell you when, but when I was there on 6/1/14 this route was bolted .
    By Justin S
    Jun 21, 2014

    You can climb a thin crack to the right of the hand traverse to make this a direct start. Adds a few grades in difficulty but is pretty fun.