Minko on Thieves.
This is where it all began. Contrary to guidebook information, the Wasteland's classic Never Believe (12d) was the first sport route in Rifle. The routes here are short for Rifle, generally ending after 50-80 feet. They more than make up for their lack of length, however, with the beauty of the blue-grey stone and the sustained, powerful nature of the climbing. Many of the older routes, especially in the middle of the cave, have become hyper-polished, so don't feel discouraged if a given route (The Beast for example) feels harder than the grade.
Drive into the Canyon, passing the obvious cave of the Arsenal on the left. Park just past the Arsenal; you'll cross a bridge and turn into a large parking area on the left. Landmarks include an in-situ trash dumspter and a port-a-potty, as well as a sign on the left for the Koper Ice Cave Trail.
This parking area is about a mile and a half from the entrance to the canyon, where the road turns to dirt. Cross the road and take the narrow trail through the thick brush to the base of the crag.
Approach time: 15 seconds.
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
18 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Wasteland:
Capuccino 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 2 pitches, 125'
Ruckus 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Gun Shy 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Espresso 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Thieves 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
The Beast 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch
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The Beast 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO
: Rifle Mountain Park
: The Wasteland
This venerable classic is many people's first 13a at Rifle, despite the fact that climbers have been bickering over the 12d vs 13a grade for the last decade. Were it in Europe it would be 7c+, which is 13a, so give yourself a pat on the back if you redpoint this slippery beast.This route is just right of Never Believe and climbs directly up the center of the blue-grey panel of water-sculpted rock in the middle of the Wasteland. It can be recognized by a high first bolt (generally st...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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