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Riptide Ride

This route is located in the Southern Region at Solar Collector and Gold Coast

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Sunny the Boxer 5.9 (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Justin Elkins, Scott Hammon, and Frank Waters in 2007
Length: 85ft
Bolts: 8 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Walk right from Riptide Ride until you come to a slab wall with a couple of bolted lines sharing the first two bolts. This line moves up and left after the second bolt to end in a slot.
Descent: Ring Anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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3.48 stars (58 votes)
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5.9 (56 votes)

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Submitted by: Willy
Date: Nov 12th, 2012

Submitted by: Willy
Date: Nov 12th, 2012

Submitted by: Roger
Date: Jun 1st, 2012


Cleveland said on June 11th, 2007
A little bit scary at the crux but still a really fub route to climb. My first 5.9 lead!
Cleveland said on June 11th, 2007
I meant fun!
Anonymous said on June 24th, 2007
That wasn't your first 5.9 lead!
Anonymous said on July 7th, 2007
i wish i could lead a 5.9
hamsco said on August 5th, 2007
Due to the traverse, this climb is hard to clean (ie. big swing), if you don't have a second. Best option is to climb it twice and rap.
kirker said on October 29th, 2007
I believe this was proably a .9 at one time, but the top has gotten a little tricky with the broken holds at the last bolt.
Cleveland said on October 29th, 2007
I agree kirker, ther is just nothing to hang on to anymore, good thing we had your better half to hang the draws for us!
dirtdog said on May 27th, 2008
really fun route. go past the anchors for a nice top-out. Thought it was 5.7/5.8-
ahab said on June 16th, 2008
did some route maintenance on the crux of this thing yesterday and came a tumbling down. it cost me the onsight, but climbing is all about self sacrifice, isn't it? you're welcome everyone.
Dman said on September 7th, 2009
great route lots of fun felt .9 for sure
allen said on October 20th, 2009
49 words for choss? Felt like every hold after maybe the 4th bolt had a 50% chance of snapping off but that really just added to the fun adventure! Awesome view after topping out the cliffline!
CLIMBTRAD said on October 26th, 2009
great route no holds broke great top out
jrathfon said on November 16th, 2009
man you guys give stars away like they are those girl cards down in vegas, you know what i'm talking about. here's how it works: 5 stars-i drove from PA and this is THE route that i should get on, one per crag tops; 4 stars-damn freaking good, really good, no choss, iconic climb, probably again one per area, or at least per wall (aka 5.12 wall has ONE); 3 stars-still damn good, really good, maybe not iconic, no choss, excellent climbing, a must do if you're there; 2 stars-good climbing, thought provoking, worth doing, mostly solid rock; 1 star-has good climbing, maybe sorta dumb (aka short, contrived, etc), but fun, maybe there's bad rock which detracts from the otherwise good climbing, worth doing if you have tapped out the potential at this crag; no stars-bad climbing, bad bolts, choss, contrived, not really worth doing; not recommended-sucks ass in all the no star ways. so tell me, where does a slab climb with some fun thought provoking slab moves, which then goes through 25 ft of choss to the anchors lie in this scale? probably a 2, it was worth doing, it was fun, the choss detracted. STOP STAR INFLATING, you are doing a disservice to everyone.
pigsteak said on November 16th, 2009
I told ya we needed a zero rating Ray! Jrathon, since there isn't a "zero" rating, all you need to do is subtract one start from every rating, and voila, you have it. Under Ray's scale, no route can even score below 1....silly I know. Anyway, this thing is rated exactly where you expected, but it was your understanding that was off. Sorry to ruin your trip to the Red, although 90% of folks could see from the ground that this thing sucks ass.
SCIN said on November 16th, 2009
Just buy the guidebook. On this site 1 star means it sucks. I think he was bitching about the 25 people above anyway who voted above 2 stars for this route. 25 people think it was better than 2 stars. Pisssteak, do you not see the chart above that breaks it out like that or are you still looking at the average? Having the option to vote 0 stars would not have prevented those 25 people from voting above 2 stars. I don't get it.
jrathfon said on November 17th, 2009
pigsteak: i've been living in louisville now for 11 weekends, of which 10 i have climbed at the gorge. i could tell the route was chossy from the ground as well, but we used it to rap into riptide ride to clean the grass, mud, and wasps from the crack. i didn't really feel like on-siting a grassy, mud choked "difficult to protect" climb after doing an on-site attempt and 2 more laps on rebar. i just believe that a 4 star route should not have 4 hand-holds trundle in two laps (capital punishment) or green slime and snot streaks (andromeda, chris schneyder), call me old fashioned. i have been on too many 4 star routes in my short stint in the gorge that have just not been STELLAR, they were definitely worth getting on, but come on, chossy rock is not 4 stars. if i traveled from afar on the east coast to come to the gorge, the iconic mega-classics i would want to jump on (trad-wise) would be things like roadside attraction or rock wars. how can a singular crag have 14 iconic, stellar, area-wide classics (motherlode), 14??!!! really?! 14 routes in one crag that are must do, no holds bar, icons? BS. ray: the guide is wonderful, i own it, beautifully laid out. the star-system is totally inflated on-line. however, in the book you can tell some of the lesser known crags have a lot of star ratings based on just a couple of opinions.
anticlmber said on November 17th, 2009
SCIN said on November 17th, 2009
I'm completely aware of the star inflation in the print guide. I'm working on the 3rd edition as of this week and have already started re-evaluating the stars based on things I've heard about star inflation. I took the guide from a 3 star system to a 5 star system when I started doing it and I guess it's just taking some work to get it right. As far as stars go in the online guide I can't control what other people think. If people really like a route and want to give it 4 or 5 stars then they can do it.
pawilkes said on November 17th, 2009
Thanks Anti, my sentiments exactly.
pigsteak said on November 17th, 2009
I see no problem with 14 mega classics at one crag...because there are then crags like curbside that have NO classics.....the rock at the Lode is amazing, and lends itself to classics. now, if you are considering yourself a local, the stars should matter even less...just climb what looks good to you.
gripster said on November 18th, 2009
so when might we expect edition 3 to hit the shelves Ray?
SCIN said on November 18th, 2009
Not sure really.
der uber said on March 8th, 2010
Really not that bad of a route. Pretty casual, followed an interesting line, and provides nice access to riptide. 3 out of 5 stars, which to me means its worth checking out, but don't expect to be blown away. The rock before you pull through that wide crack (under the roof) is of lesser quality but you don't really need to touch any of it.
dustonian said on December 4th, 2012
Thought this was a really good moderate and worthy of more than 2 stars in its clean "final" state. A bit of drag with the top out (worth it), so cleaning on rappel or toprope is advisable.
Reambo said on May 3rd, 2015
last bolt is a spinner
fosterdi said on April 18th, 2016
I didn't climb it but my partner said he would put it on his "do not repeat" list. take that as you will.
said on October 21st, 2020
Fun climb, and nothing chossy left to speak of. Not really a good lead for a 5.9 climber because of the mental factor, but if you are a solid 10 climber, definitely check it out. Great mental slab warmup.
Anonymous said on October 21st, 2020
cool story