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Storm Surge 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Ric and Cindy Geiman, September 2004
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Submitted By: Cory P on Oct 2, 2006  with updates from Matt Chezem and 1 more

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Top rope set up.

Reopened after flood damage! MORE INFO >>>


This is another great route on Ripple Wall. It has a pseudo-bouldery start to a few good holds, to a sustained friction section, to great holds going up to the anchor. It is a definite route to do, although may be a tad high of a rating for the grade.


This is the 3rd route on Ripple Wall. It shares anchors with Eddyline.


6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

Per Matt Chezem: this route has been chopped. Looking at the boulders at the bottom, I assume because of rockfall.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Ben leading Storm Surge.
Ben leading Storm Surge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shannon nearing the top of Storm Surge on TR.
Shannon nearing the top of Storm Surge on TR.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up Storm Surge.  Photo by Paul.
Starting up Storm Surge. Photo by Paul.

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By Steph Renfroe
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 11, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The guidebook for this area says this route is a 9+. I'm not that skilled of a climber and I led it with one fall, so I'm not so sure that it's in the 10s. The route is fun slab climbing with a mantle or two. The left anchor is a little loose but otherwise, the route is well-protected.
By Joey Jimenez
From: Colorado Springs
Sep 25, 2008

Left hanger on the anchor is still pretty loose. The bolt is solid. Close to a year after the last post. I'll assume it's been tightened at some point, but just some more emphasis to NOT set up a TR directly though the hangers.
By Stewart M. Green
Sep 25, 2008

I did tighten this bolt last spring. But you're right, people top-rope through the anchor which loosens the hanger. Because of this problem on other routes at RRCOS, we, the Red Rock Canyon Climbing Committee, have removed lowering rings because they were getting too worn by repeated top-roping through them. The proper way to top-rope is to run your rope through your own gear, not through hangers or rings.
By Nick Grue
From: Northglenn, CO
Oct 29, 2008

The left hanger still swings a bit. Funny to mention, people on Rethinking just left of us were top-roping directly through the rings.
By Stewart M. Green
Oct 30, 2008

We are going to replace the ring anchors on Rethinking the Ethics with rap hangers. I talked to some climbers on it a couple weeks ago that were top roping through the rings. Just sheer laziness.
By Nathan Hoobler
Nov 7, 2008

I was just by this climb last weekend, and it still has an interesting (and large!) blood stain all over the rock. A good helmet reminder.
By Stewart M. Green
Nov 8, 2008

The blood is actually on Rethinking the Ethics. The accident happened at the end of September. Brian Shelton was first on the scene. A fellow led the climb and at the anchor, hooked fingers into the ring anchor to pull up rope. Couldn't hold on, fell with the rope behind his leg, flipped upside down and smacked the back of his head on the rock. EMTs came and took him away with a bad concussion. I showed up just as Brian was starting to clean what blood he could off the rock...and as you noticed, there is still a pretty good sized stain there.
By Adub
Nov 21, 2008

Was there last Sunday (11/16/08). Sorry everyone, we had a party of 4 and each person that used the first foothold had a piece break off. This did not change the route much at all. It just makes the first foot hold smaller. =) Otherwise, it's still a great route.
By Nick Grue
From: Northglenn, CO
Nov 29, 2008

My brother was one of the EMTs that picked that guy up. Sure enough, we both went out and bought helmets after that incident.
By Tim Stevens
From: Divide, Colorado
Feb 8, 2009
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Nice, well-protected route with some good moves! The left hanger is loose and I tightened it the best I could. However, the bolt is now moving within the hole and needs to be replaced. I suspect too many people have been toproping directly off the anchor. Please people, use your own gear at the anchor when climbing on a route. The only time a rope should be running directly through an anchor system is when you are finished with the route and the rope is unweighted.
By mountainmicah83
From: Colorado Springs
Apr 15, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun route all of the way up. I had a hard time calling this a 5.10. All of the bolts were tight.
By Matt Strauser
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Nov 18, 2010

Not only is the hanger loose, but the left bolt at the anchor is spinning as well. I didn't have a wrench to tighten it myself :(
By BlazeBo bowen
Jul 9, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Both anchors are solid and tight as of today, 7/9/13.
By Daniel H. Bryant
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 5, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Just climbed this route for the first time, and as of today (9-04-2013) the bolts are tight. To whomever maintains the bolts, thank you!!!!
I took my time with this route and accomplished it safely. I would say that Stuart M. Green's rating in his 2010 'Rock Climbing Colorado' is accurate, it felt like a sustained 5.8 with a couple of 5.9+ cruxes.
The route's title was very fitting for the day, there were actually storms off in the distance.
By Jason Denley
From: CO, AK
Oct 16, 2016

Someone chopped the bolts... as of last weekend.

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