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YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Nate Adams
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Nate Adams on Mar 13, 2006

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Continuously cerebral climbing.


Super fun!

[EDIT:] Tears climbs an excellent panel of smooth, clean gray limestone. The line begins with a crimpy crux getting off the ground. The line moves left to a great rest below an obvious detached flake. Move up to the flake, then traverse up & right to stem up the unfortunately positioned dihedral. Though obviously contrived, its possible to follow a line of holds left of the bolt line through this section to keep the climbing more aesthetic. Either way, arrive at a juggy horizontal break. A few more fun moves lead to the chains.


There is a climbers trail just below Drill for the Thrill. This will branch right to the shady "North Wall". Tears is the third route.

See the topo for location.


7 bolts.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The great rest below obvious flake.
The great rest below obvious flake.
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By David Rasmussen
Oct 8, 2008
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

This route is OK. The bolts are kind of weirdly placed. They are not in line with the natural line (you may be looking at a 5+ foot fall when level with a bolt). That said, it is one of the better lines on the north face (at least that I have been on).
By RyanO
From: sunshine
Jun 21, 2010

Agreed, this is weird route (but good). I think the bolts are placed so that one could take the hard 11 line on left, (two bolts from the top) or the 9ish line on the right. I can definitely see how this could induce tears if preceded by blood and sweat ;)
By Andy B
Sep 6, 2015

Yes, the bolting style near the top is strange. I took the left, because I figured it was "on" (yes it could be described as contrived).

However, that flake system about halfway up is way fun! Plus the rock up high (and all the climbs here at North wall) is actually very good.

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