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Jumping the Gun 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Stewart Green and Martha Morris
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Submitted By: Brendan Leonard on Nov 3, 2006

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From the guidebook: Start just beside a small cottonwood tree below the right side of the walll. Smear up a delicate slab to easier climbing and a shelf. Step left, work up moderate rock then up right on slanting holds to anchors.


This the second-to-last route on the Ripple Wall when walking south down the canyon.


6 bolts.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Amber clearing the first two bolts.
Amber clearing the first two bolts.
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That running start. Good thing I don't have too m...

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By Brendan Leonard
From: Denver, Hollarado
Nov 3, 2006

The first 12 feet up to a jug was really slick with sand the last time I did this. You can actually get a little run at it and jump up to the first big hold and catch it with both hands. Not real professional but neither is having your partner shove you up to the first good hold.
By Jim Gloeckler
From: Denver, Colo.
May 24, 2008

It is easier to traverse in from the right side to get to the first bolt (5.8+). Overall, a nice climb that gets a bit interesting again at bolt 4.
By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 18, 2008

The last bolt and the anchor bolts were a little loose as of today. I saw Stewart there and let him know, but please remember to use quickdraws or some other anchor setup when top-roping, as it will place less stress on the individual anchor pieces.
By Steve Knapp
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Aug 26, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This was my favorite route of the four we did this evening. The hardest part was getting to the 1st bolt. Try to find the grippiest rock and enough hands to take a bit of pressure off the feet to prevent slippage. After the 1st bolt, it's all fun, some big reaches to jugs on a few ledge systems.
By Tim Stevens
From: Divide, Colorado
Nov 10, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Nice route! Did this one yesterday...good balancing moves getting up to the first bolt. Although, the last bolt before the anchors needs some attention. The expansion sleeve on the bolt protrudes out from the rock about 3/4"...wouldn't want to take a winger on that one. ;>)
By willo schubarth
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 23, 2009
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

The first move was pretty easy for me being pretty tall. The traffic has made the footholds pretty big though. Less slabby after the first bolt, so that was fun.
By Paul K
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 5, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Guidebook says 5.9-. Like many other routes in the area, it's covered with black streaks from people's climbing shoes smearing off. At last bolt, I decided to be saucy and move left vice right. Fun moves on cool holds, harder than 5.9-. Ended up spraining my bloody ankle when I popped off the thing.
By Hanson Smith
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 18, 2014

The last bolt before the anchors is moving in the sheath. I could wiggle it with my fingers. It may be able to take more abuse, or it may blow with the next leader fall. Seeing as how there is another chopped expansion bolt next to this bolt, I think replacing the wiggly bolt with a glue in is the smart move.
By Noah Yetter
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 11, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I didn't have any problem getting up to the first bolt, it's the moves after the last bolt that are tough.

Very uncomfortable stance at the (3-bolt) anchor.

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