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The Project Wall is Rifle's most public crag, sitting literally 5 feet off the road at one of the deepest, narrowest bends in the canyon. If you don't mind a bit of road noise, gawking tourists and occasional crowding on the "warm-ups" then this wall, which towers a whopping 200+ feet above the road, is well worth a visit. Most the of the climbs tackle direct (straight-up) lines on blue and grey water streaks, while a central cave offers some of the steepest and hardest routes in Rifle. Don't miss classics include: Rehabilitator (11c), Defenseless Betty (12a), Hang 'Em High (12b), Apocalypse '91 (13b), The Eighth Day (13a) and Simply Read (13d).
The Project Wall sits about two miles up the canyon on the right and is hard to miss. It is as roadside as Rifle gets.
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Rehabilitator 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Fist Full of Dollars 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Irie Meditation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Defenseless Betty 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Hang 'Em High 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Top Feeder 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Mouse Trap 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Hang 'Em Higher 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Jesus) 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 2 pitches
Apocalypse '91 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Simply Read 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch
Strange Ranger 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Gay Science 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Present Tense 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Living in Fear 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, Chipped, 1 pitch
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Simply Read 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a CO : Rifle Mountain Park : Project Wall
This line defines the term "directissima," and were it vertical instead of 40 degrees overhanging, would be the proverbial, Comici-esque path which a drop of water would follow from the cliff's summit to the base of the wall.Simply Read climbs out the center of the cave sector on the Project Wall directly above the parking area. It tackles an ultra-steep line on porcelain-hard white stone and can be recognized by a highly-chalked boulder problem start in the opening cave.This line was originally...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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