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Absolution (submitted as Hot if You're Not aka The Brown Eye Wall) S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
April Fools S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Bar None S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Der Fuhrer TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
East Face Left Side T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
East Face Right/Der Zerkle T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Feeling Lucky S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Final Solution T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Happy Ending T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Hot if You're Not aka The Brown Eye Wall (submitted as Absolution) S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Knot Carrot S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
New Beginnings T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Ribspuren T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Southeast Arete T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Sunny Side One T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Sunny Side Two T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Touch Monkey S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Two Clucks From Saigon T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
West Face [Der Zerkle] T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
What If You're Not? T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wing Ding S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: H. Weninger & B. Bell, 1989
Page Views: 177 total, 1/month
Shared By: Tony B on Sep 7, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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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.


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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Justin Skaare
Boulder, CO
Justin Skaare   Boulder, CO
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. Jun 21, 2014
David Ruhter
  5.8 R
David Ruhter  
  5.8 R
I couldn't tell you when, but when I was there on 6/1/14 this route was bolted . Jun 3, 2014
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
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. May 31, 2003