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Apocalypse '91 S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Bottom Feeder S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Defenseless Betty S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Jesus), The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Fist Full of Dollars S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Gay Science, The S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Gayness, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Goofy Foot S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Hang 'Em High S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Hang 'Em Higher S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Irie Meditation S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Little Monkey S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Living in Fear S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Mighty Mouse S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Modest Mouse S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Mouse Trap S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Of Mice and Men S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Present Tense S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Rehabilitator S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Sick Little Monkey S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Simply Read S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Simply Redlined S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Sometimes Always S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Strange Ranger S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Top Feeder S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Twisted S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Waka Flocka S 5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
War and Peace S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
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Type: Sport, 110 ft
FA: Don Welsh
Page Views: 2,251 total, 12/month
Shared By: Pinklebear on Jul 20, 2002
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Adam Stack called this the hardest of the Project Wall routes and for good reason -- it's one of the longest and most sustained.

Present Tense is two routes right of Living in Fear, or three routes left of Simply Read. It starts in the same place as Sometimes Always (up on the bone-white dirt heap above the parking spots) but trends right above the first bolt along a seam before heading up into a shallow corner capped by a roof and a long blue streak.

Boulder up the grey rock to the first bolt (the glue-in ring on the right). Underclings get you to the second clip. Sustained, perplexing climbing leads right to a hand jam. Bust a crimpy move into a kneebar rest. The next 40 feet, while littered with positive holds, is very sustained. A knee-scum rest below the finishing roof helps you bleed it back. Straight up over the roof into the blue streak is harder (this is how it originally went), but some climbers have gone left onto Sometimes Always then moved back right on the headwall. Slabby, but interesting climbing takes you to the anchor.

A 60-meter rope just reaches (if you stay into the belayer's side of the rope), so tie a knot in the end and lower slowly.

This is probably one of the most spectacular pitches at Rifle.

Protection

15-17 draws and a 60 meter rope (mandatory).

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Such a spectacular route, perfectly sustained with very little manufacturing. If you don't go direct over the last roof into the amazing blue rock, you aren't doing Present Tense. I used 17 kneebars in total, 3 of which you can go no hands in. Re-bolted by Darek Krol circa 2014. Thank you, Darek. Sep 22, 2015
don welsh  
 
I recommend leaving your knee pads in the car (in fact, leave them in the road). Rifle is a much better climbing area without kneepads. I did the first ascent of The Present Tense without kneepads or kneebars. Aug 16, 2015
heppnerd
  5.13d
heppnerd  
  5.13d
Easy for the grade, lots of kneebars. Sep 16, 2012