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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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Lolanator 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Pretty Hate Machine 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Vitamin D 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Slagissimo 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Debaser 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Vitamin H 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Das Fruit Machine 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Pump-O-Rama 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Rendezspew 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Sprayathon 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch
The Path 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch
The Colinator 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Debaser 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b CO : Rifle Mountain Park : The Arsenal
"Wanna grow up to be, be a debaser" - The Pixies.Another one of the "chain" routes, Debaser sits just right of Vitamin H. The rock fall of 1998 supposedly improved the quality of the lower section of Debaser. With its large roof at 2/3 height, Debaser involves a little more power than some of the other Arsenal routes. But the difficulties don't stop after the roof so keep punching it to the anchors. Oh, and leave your knee-pad at home because it won't be of much use on this one ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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