Rumor Has It
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By most accounts, this was the first route put up at Rifle and is, in my opinion, the best route of its grade in the Canyon. The Wright/Tarrant combo have made some great contributions (largely unsung) to the climbing community, but their "find" near a small town on the Western Slope has to be their most important. For more information, see the comments under the route Never Believe.
Looking at the Sapper Cave/Wall, there is an obvious light grey streak on the right side of the wall. The grey streak is Rumor Has It. Begin with burly lieback moves to gain a jug/ledge. These are probably the hardest moves, but the route remains pumpy and technical to the finish. Almost exactly a 30m pitch, so use at least a 60m rope.
A lot of people prefer 80 Feet of Meat of the Rifle "warm-up" routes, but given the choice, I'd take Rumor Has It anyday.
Rightmost route in the Sapper Cave.
11 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor w/ lowering biners.
|By Jay Knower|
From: Plymouth, NH
Jul 5, 2007
This has to be one of the best 5.11s anywhere. RHI offers thought-provoking climbing up a beautiful gray streak.
Apr 20, 2008
Tricky to onsight...keep your composure and be prepared for lots of slickness and sidepulls.