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The Ruckman Cave is one of the most popular walls in Rifle. It is home to classic lines such as Beer Run (5.13a), Street Knowledge (5.12a), Pinch Fest (5.12b), and In Your Face (5.12d). Many of the routes end under the large roof, although a few take on this feature, or climb the steep wall to either side. The wall houses a couple of Rifle warm-ups on the right side of the large roof. It has solid climbing with some terrific features. Check out Pinch Fest for some of the most amazing natural holds I have ever seen. The cave gets morning sun, so it is a good place on cold days, but wait until evening for hot ones.
There is a large (8) car parking pull out 1.3 miles into the canyon, directly across from the Meat Wall. Park here, and walk across the wooden plank bridge, then follow the trail 20-30 feet to get to the wall. This trail leads directly to Pinch Fest.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ruckman Cave:
Nessun Dorma 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Bloody Corner 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Choss Family Robinson 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Firearms 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Red Dawn 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Kielbasa Run 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Prime Evil 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Prime the Pump 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Loose Cannon 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Street Knowledge 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Pinch Fest 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
The Promise 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Extended Family 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
In Your Face 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Beer Run 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Waiting For 21 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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