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The Arsenal is a thug's paradise, and with its park-at-the-base of-the-routes approach represents the finest in convenience sport climbing. While seemingly a total pile upon first glance, this enormous cave is actually very solid -- riddled with cracks, pockets and large blocky pinches that make the super-overhanging routes viable in the 5.12-5.13+ grade range. Many of the routes have succumbed to kneebar technology yet all are long and pumpy (The Colinator, the cave's longest and hardest line, has around 18 bolts of 30-35 degree overhanging climbing).
Drive into Rifle Canyon. The Arsenal is about a mile up from the mouth of the Canyon on the left. You can't miss it. It's the huge cave on the left side of the road with the long-ass chain-link draws hanging from half the routes. Park either in the cave or back down the road at a designated pull-out next to the river (on the right going up canyon).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Arsenal:
The Pollinator 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Lolanator 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Pretty Hate Machine 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Vitamin D 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Debaser 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Slagissimo 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Das Fruit Machine 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Vitamin H 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Pump-O-Rama 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Rendezspew 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Sprayathon 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch
The Path 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch
The Colinator 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Sprayathon 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a CO : Rifle Mountain Park : The Arsenal
This is far and away the best route in the Arsenal and one of the best sport climbs anywhere. Overhanging 45 feet in 80 with multiple cruxes but no holds smaller than half a pad, this stunning line defines endurance climbing. While some have climbed this route with a kneescum below the crux and down-rated it to 13b, I'd say it's an honest 13c without the scum. This route is in the left-center of the Arsenal and starts on the far right side of the long, dirty ledge which runs all the way to [[Pr...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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