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The Lower Tier is the wall/walls immediately down-canyon of the Skull Cave. The climbing here is "slabbier" than other areas at Rifle, but the stone is an interesting blend of white and blue rock with funky spikes, swirls, and undercut bulge features that make for puzzling climbing.
Park in the two car pull-out just below (downcanyon) from the Skull Cave _this parking area is directly across the road from Merry Maids -- an obvious, left-leaning inset corner with blue and white rock -- on the Ice Cave Walls. Alternately, park at the bigger lot at the Wasteland and walk back up the road (3-5 minutes).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Tier:
The Silver Surfer 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Hawaii Five-0 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Surf Boy 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Woah! This is another new route at Rifle. That makes, let me see ..., 3 this year! The Silver Surfer climbs the long gray streak on the left side of the Hawaiian-Two-Foot Wall (between the Skull Cave and Lower Tier). The Hawaiian Two-Foot Wall gets the bests afternoon sun exposure in Rifle in the winter (12:30 p.m. till 4 p.m.). We climbed this route in t-shirts in December. The Silver Surfer is a sustained Rifle "slab", reminiscent of Ivory Tower but with harder cruxes (one at the start, one at...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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