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Continuously cerebral climbing.
[EDIT:] Tears climbs an excellent panel of smooth, clean gray limestone. The line begins with a crimpy crux getting off the ground. The line moves left to a great rest below an obvious detached flake. Move up to the flake, then traverse up & right to stem up the unfortunately positioned dihedral. Though obviously contrived, its possible to follow a line of holds left of the bolt line through this section to keep the climbing more aesthetic. Either way, arrive at a juggy horizontal break. A few more fun moves lead to the chains.
There is a climbers trail just below Drill for the Thrill. This will branch right to the shady "North Wall". Tears is the third route.
See the topo for location.
The great rest below obvious flake.
|By David Rasmussen|
Oct 8, 2008
This route is OK. The bolts are kind of weirdly placed. They are not in line with the natural line (you may be looking at a 5+ foot fall when level with a bolt). That said, it is one of the better lines on the north face (at least that I have been on).
From: Golden, CO
Jun 21, 2010
Agreed, this is weird route (but good). I think the bolts are placed so that one could take the hard 11 line on left, (two bolts from the top) or the 9ish line on the right. I can definitely see how this could induce tears if preceded by blood and sweat ;)