Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Glenn Schuler, Mclaughlin
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Shared By: Kevin McLaughlin on Mar 22, 2008 with updates from Adam Block
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Road & nearby private property Details


This has steep, hard, face climbing the whole way.


Reality Check is the first face inside of the canyon's left side.


A cam or two at the bottom then bolts.


Ben Scott
Fort Collins, CO
Ben Scott   Fort Collins, CO
Did this route on Saturday. Great day with lots of sunshine!
Nice little face climb with good movement that is sustained for 4 bolts.
You can stick clip the first bolt with long stick.

Felt like 12c to us.... Feb 3, 2009
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
Awesome continuous climbing, not sure if it warrents a pg-13, but a wonderful route that will keep ya crimpin' and pimpin'.

Quite possibly one of my favorite pitches of 5.12 in the state. Jun 1, 2009
Brady Robinson
Boulder, CO
Brady Robinson   Boulder, CO
Agree with Monty. AMAZING! Love the final move to the jug. Feb 20, 2011
Zane Dordai
Salt Lake City
Zane Dordai   Salt Lake City
Definitely 12c and also definitely one of the best slightly overhung crimping routes I've ever been on. Amazing sequences and mostly good/incut feet. The sequence is incredible on this one, and I haven't climbed on a route this consistently difficult in a long time. Perfectly bolted, bullet rock, and in this case, 60 feet of rock climbing is plenty. We also stick clipped the first bolt. An excellently done line by the developers. Jun 22, 2013
Lisa Montgomery
Golden, CO
Lisa Montgomery   Golden, CO
Excellent. A good #0.75 Camalot seems to fit quite well about 10 feet up if you want to avoid stick clipping the first bolt. Also, if this climb is at your limit, I'd recommend hanging the draws by climbing "Around the Corner." Oct 1, 2013
Mr. Stevens
Boulder, CO
Mr. Stevens   Boulder, CO
Wow, wow, wow! I think this pitch used to live in City of Rocks but got lost and ended up in Thunder Ridge. Expect some big air if you blow it between bolts 4-5! A medium nut can be placed to lessen the mild runout.

Also, the 4th bolt is hard to clip if you're on the short side. If you can have your taller partner hang a longer draw, you'll be psyched. Sep 23, 2015
Denver Colorad
ANGUS WIESSNER   Denver Colorad
Agree with Monty.

Quite possibly one of my favorite pitches of 5.12 in the state, Reality Check is the most perfect panel of rock that's five bolts around. Lots of good climbing packed into this pitch. Sep 16, 2017
Chris Kalman
Chris Kalman  
This route doesn't look like much from the ground, short as it is, but it really lives up to the reputation as one of the best of the grade at Thunder Ridge - maybe even in the state. If you tend to avoid short climbs, make an exception for this one. Full value climbing, beautiful moves, superb stone.

5.12b seems about right to me. Oct 15, 2017