Type: Sport, 140 ft
FA: Steve Wood, 9/04
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This is a long and fun route up the right side of the Ripple Wall. The crux may be getting off the ground. Although mostly easy climbing, it is a bit runout by Red Rock standards, but not bad at all. I recommend belaying your partner up to the anchor to avoid rope drag and to enjoy the view.

Rappel with two ropes to the left to make the pull easier.


This is the third route from the right on the Ripple Wall. Start just left of Jumping the Gun, angling up and left past two drilled angle pitons. Continue traversing straight left to a third piton, then climb straight up to the very top of the wall. The last piton currently has a screw link on it, but this is not the anchor, continue another 25 feet or so to reach the obvious anchor. Rappel with TWO ropes.


5 drilled pitons, 2 huge eyebolts, and 1 railroad spike! Make sure you have 3 long runners to girth-hitch the eyebolts and spike. Anchor consists of 3 drilled angle pitons and two modern bolts.


Is it possible to rap this with a single 70m rope? I've climbed it before I had a 70m and I've been curious if I could leave the 2nd rope behind... Jul 14, 2008
Yes, a 70m will just get you down, but make sure to tie a note at the end of the rope since not all 70m ropes are actually 70m. Jul 14, 2008
Erik Tullberg
Colorado Springs
Erik Tullberg   Colorado Springs
Just climbed this today with Nathan... watch out for the junky stuff toward the bottom. Also had a significant amount of pebbles coming down. Several "pull down not out" opportunities. One even crumbled under my foot. Aug 10, 2008
Patrick Manitou
Atlanta, GAAAAA
Patrick Manitou   Atlanta, GAAAAA
A fun route, I like the style too- more like mountaineering, with odd fixed gear and reasonable run-outs (compared to the other routes in the park). Could be wrong, but the start felt as hard as Jumping the Gun (5.9+) and other 9s in the area.

One last thing- I didn't know about the length of the route, and only had one 60 meter rope. Rather than lower off a single point, I decided to rap over to the anchors of Jumping the Gun. This is definitely not a good idea, the traverse over a ledge to get to the anchors involved lots of loose rock, In fact I pulled off a fist size chunk when I pulled my rope. Just saying, be smarter than me and take two ropes.

Also, the last pin no longer has a screw-link on it, which is a good thing, I'd rather not lower off that single pin. Apr 30, 2010
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
Really fun "adventure" route, more reminiscent of climbing in the Garden. Jun 24, 2011
Noah Yetter
Lakewood, CO
Noah Yetter   Lakewood, CO
I really wanted to try this route, but I honestly could not see how to get off the ground. There's one big ledge for the hands under the first piton but no feet at all. Jump and mantel / hand-foot match? Seriously, who's got the beta for the start, this guy wants to know! Nov 11, 2016
I used the juniper tree to stem against to get up to the slopey foot holds and from there was able to smear up to the first bolt.

Alternatively my wife used the foot holds for the route immediately to the right and then traversed across to the first bolt for the South Pipe route.

Also my buddy was able to just make light, quick feet moves to get his right foot onto a bomber little foot hold about mid-torso height off the ground. Mar 20, 2017
Jordan Tackett
Colorado Springs, CO
Jordan Tackett   Colorado Springs, CO
I just attempted to climb this route yesterday. I should have checked online prior to trying to climb it - standard climbing gear will only get you 3 bolts up, and then you will need to improvise or down climb like I ended up having to do. I agree, the start is in the 5.9 range, the rest is fairly easy. However, after the 3rd bolt you have to have other gear besides standard quickdraws, etc. to finish the route in a safe manner. Climbers, beware before you climb! Mar 23, 2018