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Set high off the road, the Nostril Cave is one of Rifle's smallest areas, containing two established routes and one unfinished project. Due to the cave's Northern orientation, this area never gets direct sunlight, making it a great place to climb in the Summer. The rock isn't perfect, but routes are extremely steep, fun, and beta-intensive. Plus the view is great.
Located between Anti-Phil and the Bauhaus parking areas, the Nostril Cave is on the east side of the canyon, across the river, and just downstream of the Winchester Cave. A steep, faint trail through dense vegetation(nettles) will take you directly to the base of the cave.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Nostril Cave:
Mr. T 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Yellowcard 5.13d 8b 31 X E8 7a Sport, Chipped, 40'
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Yellowcard is one of the steepest routes in Rifle. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most manufactured. A pure power-endurance climb, with each move a little harder than the last, this route feels easy until you start putting it all together. Located on the far right side of the Nostril Cave, Yellowcard climbs directly out the cave, ending at a set of chains above the lip. Since the first bolt is easy to reach, and the second bolt is poorly placed, most people stick-clip the first two bolts...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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