Just when you think you're solid on 5.11 at Rifle, you come across this route. Technically the climbing is low-end 5.11, but when you're looking at 20+ foot whippers if you blow the crux, it somehow feels a bit stiff at the grade. However, this route offers "good climbing on great rock" and is well worth climbing if you're in the neighborhood.
This is the next route right of Philanthropy.
Bolts but not as many as you'd like.
From: Morrison, CO
Oct 18, 2009
This is a good route with excellent rock, but it tends to be covered in dirt most of the time, which significantly detracts from the experience. The climbing is relatively weird a la Ivory Tower & most of the other routes on this part of the cliff. To keep the grade in the 5.11 range, it's necessary to weave a great deal to either side of the bolt line. I didn't find it to be runout by old school standards. Probably not the best warm-up.
|By Phil Lauffen|
From: The Bubble
Jan 9, 2014
I tried to warm up on this and found it to be... well... not the best gentle entrance into a day of climbing at Rifle. It was covered with a thin film of dust and required pulling hard moves when you were looking at a biggish fall. Very wandery. This route is maybe good for the 11/12 climber looking to do something between burns on other routes on the wall.