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False Perspective 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, TR
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Jan 1, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Weeping Wall (2), False Perspective (3), Wailing W...


Is the false perspective from the climber on the route or from those who say it looks too easy? Start in an inside corner on the center of the face to the left of the Pillow. Climb a crack through a small sloping roof to the top.

This climb is a bit harder than it looks, but takes gear very well for a lead.


Standard rack

Photos of False Perspective Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Weeping Wall (2) and False Perspective (3)
BETA PHOTO: Weeping Wall (2) and False Perspective (3)
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike at the crux
Mike at the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Gavin LaFave approaching the crux overhang
Gavin LaFave approaching the crux overhang
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricia King on the exit moves of False Perspective...
Tricia King on the exit moves of False Perspective...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricia King on the crux of False Perspective 5.6
Tricia King on the crux of False Perspective 5.6

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By Anonymous
May 14, 2002

Though trickier than the rating implies (hence the name), I believe this is a great route for the beginning leader..... it protects very well from good stances, and falling off the crux above the roof is relatively safe... provided of course you protect it well....
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
May 14, 2002

False Perspective is a good lead as long as that rock wedged in the crack doesn't decide to finally come out. It moves a little, but it feels soooo good.
By Ron Long
May 15, 2002

If that rock finally pulls-out, I would guess the route would go up at least a full grade.....It is such a handle!
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
May 15, 2002

If the block pulls out, I propose a grade of 5.7c/d. In fact, where's my crowbar? I know it's around here somehere.....
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Apr 12, 2005

So, the block is gone. I can't tell you how many times I have soloed the route and yarded on the block like an idiot.

As for the new grade, please refer to my previous post.
By Doug Hemken
From: Madison, WI
Aug 1, 2005
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Well protected, and the crux is short.

Very popular with the guide services and other classes.
By Tom Anderson-Brown
From: Madison, WI
Apr 24, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

False Perspective is a nice route to warm up on before trying the two excellent face routes on either side of it. Great spot to climb at.
By James Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
May 28, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Two things:

First, No way this thing is PG13. I led it this weekend and it sucked gear like it was going out of style.

Second, I've come to the conclusion that the block "falling" out of the crux has made the route harder. It's 5.7 now for sure.
By Paul Huebner
From: Portage, WI
Aug 11, 2007

This was my 1st lead at the Lake (1988). I wasn't aware that the loose block is gone. So it's a 5.7 now?
By BryanR
From: Madison, WI
May 30, 2009

took my first lead fall on this yesterday. not far, but enough that it was a good test of my gear placement....
By ChristopherThies
From: Walworth County, WI
Nov 8, 2009

CAUTION: The large block at the very top of 'False Perspective' (the block which touches what remains of the dead pine with its southeast corner) is unstable. If you stand behind with your palms upon the top of its west end and weight it (as if to mantle upon it), it teeters (as in the pitch of an airplane). I don't know if it has always been like this, or if this is a more recent function of the deterioration of the dead pine touching its southeast corner, but anyway thought I'd mention it. I didn't have my camera with me today, but the living pine tree in the above photos (dated '02 & '04) at the top of this climb is now a dead trunk which ends just above the top of the top block mentioned.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Apr 11, 2010
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is not a 5.6. If you don't use the crack to jam and you use the comfortable ledges to the left of the route (the right side of Weeping Wall) then it might be a 5.6. This crack has great jams through the crux and if you stick to these jams makes it harder- like 5.7+. Good lead. Good gear...but not a 5.6.
By Shane Wallace
Jun 6, 2014

5.7 seems right, but the Climber's Guide to Devil's Lake lists it at 5.8.
By mkoerner2
Sep 15, 2014

5.8 for sure. great climb
By Joe "Big Boi" Osterman
From: Portland, OR
Oct 27, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Led this today, maybe the rock was bit wet, maybe I was missing something, or maybe I was tired as it was the end of the day but I definitely feel like this climb was harder than your average 5.7. I give it a 5.8, at least.

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