Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Mclaughlin, Schuler, & Cheyney
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Shared By: Kevin McLaughlin on Mar 22, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is the dihedral on the left wall. It is awesome for the grade. Why do you suppose it got the name?


Cams, wires.
Possibly the best 5.10 at Thunder Ridge. Apr 6, 2008
There are two starts to this:

1. Start just about where you would for The Real Thing, boulder up a move to a roof/undercling, then traverse left until you can reach back right to a #3 Camalot crack which leads directly into the line.

2. Start about 4m left of the line, then boulder up onto a ramp which leads easily right to the corner. It is possible to place an RP and/or yellow Alien to protect the non-trivial move getting onto the ramp.

We did #2. I found it to be the crux of the climb. Option 1 is supposed to be a little harder. May 27, 2008
Shane Neal
Colorado Springs, CO.
Shane Neal   Colorado Springs, CO.
Awesome climb. Great eye by the route setters. The left start keeps it a cruisin' 10, right makes it hard 10 if not more. Good pro- bring small stuff or nuts. Best advice- better to get to the anchors than burn looking for pro. At top, pull on to the anchor ledge is traditionally from the left- however, I found a right exit as well pulling on a nice sm. chicken head. Both are excellent choices.

As noted- T-Ridge is not for the sport bolted aficiando. With great pride and effort, this area was established ground up. Bolts are where you NEED them, no more. Be very solid, mentally more so, at the grade you choose to climb. This climb included.

Note- their is a bird nest on the left start. A robin and her soon to be babies. Please respect mother nature and do not disturb this nest. This start can still be done, just be very careful and aware to climb around it. Mama will scare the shit out of you as she let's know how she feels! Jun 8, 2009
max gibbons
max gibbons   AZ y TO
Sweet route. Jul 20, 2009
Boulder, CO
claytown   Boulder, CO
Did this route again yesterday and I must say, it is absolutely amazing!... and well named ;) Giggling your way up, you have to ask keep asking, is this fo real?

I think it is a bit longer than 50 feet, but a single 60 has plenty left when you reach the ground. Apr 17, 2011
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
The start is certainly the crux if done from the right with the undercling traverse. Awesome route! Jun 2, 2011
Evergreen, CO
vdzsteaz   Evergreen, CO
So I thought this was about as good as 5.10 gets, but my partner thought it was "ok", though I think it was because he went out left from the upper ledge to the obvious crack instead of straight up to the anchor. Oct 3, 2011
Nathanael Hansen
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nathanael Hansen   Colorado Springs, Colorado
I pulled a Wild Country nut out of Is This For Real? today. If it's yours, shoot me a message.
Thanks Nov 11, 2011
Jordan Hirro
Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Jordan Hirro   Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Perfect name for the climb! Don't leave the small stuff and nuts at home for this one, you'll want 'em. I did the start to the left and found it very entertaining - my partner agreed. Have fun! Nov 1, 2013
I followed this in early Nov. Reading the problem at the start it was my intuition to go in from the left, which worked for me, but was still strenuous and balancy. The leader used the other start, making a few moves traversing along a finger crack/undercling from the right. Awesome route! Nov 26, 2016
Scott E  
Doing the start that traverses in from the right felt really hard for 10b. Sep 16, 2018
Alex Randolph
Alex Randolph  
Harder and a bit spicier in my opinion than Reptile Tears. A couple small cams (0.2-0.4) and a few nuts were nice for the upper face climbing. Bring plenty of slings! Oct 29, 2018