Type: Sport, 65 ft
FA: Ric and Cindy Geiman, September 2004
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Shared By: Cory P on Oct 2, 2006 with updates from Matt Chezem and 1 other
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This is another great route on Ripple Wall. It has a pseudo-bouldery start to a few good holds, to a sustained friction section, to great holds going up to the anchor. It is a definite route to do, although may be a tad high of a rating for the grade.


This is the 3rd route on Ripple Wall. It shares anchors with Eddyline.


6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

Per Matt Chezem: this route has been chopped. Looking at the boulders at the bottom, I assume because of rockfall.


Steph Renfroe
Colorado Springs, CO
Steph Renfroe   Colorado Springs, CO
The guidebook for this area says this route is a 9+. I'm not that skilled of a climber and I led it with one fall, so I'm not so sure that it's in the 10s. The route is fun slab climbing with a mantle or two. The left anchor is a little loose but otherwise, the route is well-protected. Nov 11, 2007
Joey Jimenez
Colorado Springs
Joey Jimenez   Colorado Springs
Left hanger on the anchor is still pretty loose. The bolt is solid. Close to a year after the last post. I'll assume it's been tightened at some point, but just some more emphasis to NOT set up a TR directly though the hangers. Sep 25, 2008
I did tighten this bolt last spring. But you're right, people top-rope through the anchor which loosens the hanger. Because of this problem on other routes at RRCOS, we, the Red Rock Canyon Climbing Committee, have removed lowering rings because they were getting too worn by repeated top-roping through them. The proper way to top-rope is to run your rope through your own gear, not through hangers or rings. Sep 25, 2008
Nick Grue
Northglenn, CO
Nick Grue   Northglenn, CO
The left hanger still swings a bit. Funny to mention, people on Rethinking just left of us were top-roping directly through the rings. Oct 29, 2008
We are going to replace the ring anchors on Rethinking the Ethics with rap hangers. I talked to some climbers on it a couple weeks ago that were top roping through the rings. Just sheer laziness. Oct 30, 2008
I was just by this climb last weekend, and it still has an interesting (and large!) blood stain all over the rock. A good helmet reminder. Nov 7, 2008
The blood is actually on Rethinking the Ethics. The accident happened at the end of September. Brian Shelton was first on the scene. A fellow led the climb and at the anchor, hooked fingers into the ring anchor to pull up rope. Couldn't hold on, fell with the rope behind his leg, flipped upside down and smacked the back of his head on the rock. EMTs came and took him away with a bad concussion. I showed up just as Brian was starting to clean what blood he could off the rock...and as you noticed, there is still a pretty good sized stain there. Nov 8, 2008
Was there last Sunday (11/16/08). Sorry everyone, we had a party of 4 and each person that used the first foothold had a piece break off. This did not change the route much at all. It just makes the first foot hold smaller. =) Otherwise, it's still a great route. Nov 21, 2008
Nick Grue
Northglenn, CO
Nick Grue   Northglenn, CO
My brother was one of the EMTs that picked that guy up. Sure enough, we both went out and bought helmets after that incident. Nov 29, 2008
Tim Stevens
Divide, Colorado
Tim Stevens   Divide, Colorado
Nice, well-protected route with some good moves! The left hanger is loose and I tightened it the best I could. However, the bolt is now moving within the hole and needs to be replaced. I suspect too many people have been toproping directly off the anchor. Please people, use your own gear at the anchor when climbing on a route. The only time a rope should be running directly through an anchor system is when you are finished with the route and the rope is unweighted. Feb 8, 2009
Colorado Springs
mountainmicah83   Colorado Springs
Fun route all of the way up. I had a hard time calling this a 5.10. All of the bolts were tight. Apr 15, 2010
Matt Strauser
Ft. Collins, CO
Matt Strauser   Ft. Collins, CO
Not only is the hanger loose, but the left bolt at the anchor is spinning as well. I didn't have a wrench to tighten it myself :( Nov 18, 2010
BlazeBo bowen
BlazeBo bowen  
Both anchors are solid and tight as of today, 7/9/13. Jul 9, 2013
Daniel H. Bryant
Colorado Springs, CO
Daniel H. Bryant   Colorado Springs, CO
Just climbed this route for the first time, and as of today (9-04-2013) the bolts are tight. To whomever maintains the bolts, thank you!!!!
I took my time with this route and accomplished it safely. I would say that Stuart M. Green's rating in his 2010 'Rock Climbing Colorado' is accurate, it felt like a sustained 5.8 with a couple of 5.9+ cruxes.
The route's title was very fitting for the day, there were actually storms off in the distance. Sep 5, 2013
Jason Denley
Jason Denley   CO, AK
Someone chopped the bolts... as of last weekend. Oct 16, 2016