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Community Service S 
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Guilt Parade S 
Gun Shy S 
Java Creek S 
Lady Luck S 
Never Believe S 
Popular Demand S 
Ruckus S 
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Thieves S 
Vision Thing S 

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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 13.8 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',10],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Wasteland

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Wasteland:
Popular Demand   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Community Service   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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   
Automatic Leg Spreader   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Never Believe   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Espresso   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Slacker   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
The Beast with Two Backs   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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   
Vision Thing   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Slacker Direct   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For The Wasteland
Rock Climbing Photo: Ashley Gann on Never Believe.

Never Believe 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : The Wasteland
This was Rifle's first sport route for a reason -- it follows a compelling line on a brilliant wall and starts on a streaked limestone pillar reminscent of the finest stone in Europe.It is the 8th route from the left in the Wasteland, sitting just between Vision Thing to the left and The Beast to the right. Think of it as the leftmost route on the grey, central section of the wall.Start on the pillar and climb up to a bolt high and right. Bust to a horizontal slot, clip...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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