|Cheap Wine Wall
Ripple is a fantastic, sustained slab route located on the far right side of the Cheap Wine Area (when facing the wall). To find the climb follow the trail at the base of the wall past the end of the overlap (the same overlap with the notch on the left side - see Boston). Where the overlap "merges" into the wall forming a short headwall is the crux on T.J. Swan. A few more feet along the wall and you'll come to a boulder/slab leaning up against the wall. Ripple starts from the top of the slab. Climb a shallow, left-facing groove past the first bolt. Continue up the namesake ripple (thinner than it looks) past a final steep section (crux) to the anchors. The climb is well protected with six bolts, but they are far enough apart to keep the climbing exciting. The climbing does not let up until you reach the anchors. The best option for descending is to traverse left and down to the T.J. Swan anchors and rap with a single 60m rope from there (a 50m rope would require some downclimbing). Fun, worthwhile route.
Seven or eight draws to a 2 bolt anchor.
Getting started on Ripple
BETA PHOTO: moving past the crux
|By ben bryan|
From: Wichita Falls, TX
Oct 28, 2009
Great Route. If you want extra pro for the start you can get a cam in the left facing groove.
|By marc rosenthal|
From: San Antonio, TX
Jan 31, 2012
The crux is at the second bolt, but these moves are well protected by the first bolt. Many climbers follow the left-facing series of flakes out right but if you fall here you are in for a bad little swing. The first bolt protects moving straight up the slab on edges and crystals. If you fall here, the drop is straight down the slab and a lot less risky than a pendulum.
Apr 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Good Route - Fun, delicate moves. Just the right amount of pro (gear/bolts) to make this feel "real" but not run out. A good intro into harder face/slab climbs without being a horror show. Get on it!
Not sure this deserves the "5.9+" rating. 9+ is kind of a "special" grade reserved for old school climbs that are more than likely a sandbag. It's 5.9
There a TWO sets of anchors available at the top. A set to the left with QLs on it and a set of Fixe Ring Anchors up higher and right (above the ledge on the boulder). It's 40m down from the FIXE RING ANCHORS to the GROUND right of the Ripple Start (base of Ambulance Blues etc).