|Cheap Wine Wall
Ripple is a fantastic, sustained slab route located on the far right side of the Cheap Wine Area (when facing the wall). To find the climb follow the trail at the base of the wall past the end of the overlap (the same overlap with the notch on the left side - see Boston). Where the overlap "merges" into the wall forming a short headwall is the crux on T.J. Swan. A few more feet along the wall and you'll come to a boulder/slab leaning up against the wall. Ripple starts from the top of the slab. Climb a shallow, left-facing groove past the first bolt. Continue up the namesake ripple (thinner than it looks) past a final steep section (crux) to the anchors. The climb is well protected with six bolts, but they are far enough apart to keep the climbing exciting. The climbing does not let up until you reach the anchors. The best option for descending is to traverse left and down to the T.J. Swan anchors and rap with a single 60m rope from there (a 50m rope would require some downclimbing). Fun, worthwhile route.
Seven or eight draws to a 2 bolt anchor.
Getting started on Ripple
Jan 21, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
ATTENTION: You CAN NOT rap or lower off of this route with a single 60 meter rope.
There are many places in the park where you can NOT rap or lower with a 60 Meter rope. In some places not even a 70 Meter rope will make it. Do not assume you can rap or lower off of anything safely even with a 70.
You can not rappel or lower off of Proc Wall, Ripple, Boston, Kraken, or Devil's slide (Mark of the Beast & Harder Than it Looks) with a 60. If you are climbing in any of these areas you must walk off, take two ropes, or find the rap bolts in the alcove above News Wall. A 60 Meter rope will make it from the designated News Wall rappel anchors.
The News Wall anchors are intended as a designated rap station for the Backside. They do not protect any specific climb, nor are they intended for you to hang a rope on and spend the day occupying. These anchors are there specifically as a descent route for parties climbing the Backside.
There are no sport clips anywhere in the park. Basic anchor building skills are pretty much required to climb at Enchanted Rock.
|By ben bryan|
From: Wichita Falls, TX
Oct 28, 2009
Great Route. If you want extra pro for the start you can get a cam in the left facing groove.
|By marc rosenthal|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 31, 2012
The crux is at the second bolt, but these moves are well protected by the first bolt. Many climbers follow the left-facing series of flakes out right but if you fall here you are in for a bad little swing. The first bolt protects moving straight up the slab on edges and crystals. If you fall here, the drop is straight down the slab and a lot less risky than a pendulum.
Apr 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
Good Route - Fun, delicate moves. Just the right amount of pro (gear/bolts) to make this feel "real" but not run out. A good intro into harder face/slab climbs without being a horror show. Get on it!
Not sure this deserves the "5.9+" rating. 9+ is kind of a "special" grade reserved for old school climbs that are more than likely a sandbag. It's 5.9
There a TWO sets of anchors available at the top. A set to the left with QLs on it and a set of Fixe Ring Anchors up higher and right (above the ledge on the boulder). It's 40m down from the FIXE RING ANCHORS to the GROUND right of the Ripple Start (base of Ambulance Blues etc).