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Black Caesar S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Bobby Brown S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Chain Gang, The S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Colinator, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Das Fruit Machine S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Debaser S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Doctor Epic S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Dope Party S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Fresh Loaf S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Jamboree (Jam-bor-knee) S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Lolanator S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Path, The S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Pollinator, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pretty Hate Machine S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Pump-O-Nator S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Pump-O-Rama S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Rendezspew S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Salty S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Slagissimo S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Smarmacus Maximus S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Sprayathon S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Spurt-a-tron S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Squeal Like A Pig S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Turtle Power S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Use It Or Lose It S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Vitamin D S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Vitamin H S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
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Description [Edit]

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).

This is a good evening area, though in the summer the air can be a bit still and buggy at this end of the canyon, turning jugs into slopers and kneebars into torture. Nevertheless, this is one of the best "work-out" crags around -- the holds are big, kind, and the in-situ chain link draws make for a totally low-hassle experience.

Must-do's include: The Pollinator (12a), Debaser (12d), Pump-O-Rama (12d/13a), Sprayathon (13b/c), Slagissimo (12c/d) and Pretty Hate Machine (12c).

Getting There [Edit]

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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Classic Climbing Routes at The Arsenal

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 43
The Pollinator
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Lolanator
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 50
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 4
Bobby Brown
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 60
Pretty Hate Machine
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 21
Slagissimo
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 33
Debaser
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 16
Vitamin D
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 64
Pump-O-Rama
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 12
Das Fruit Machine
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 3
Pump-O-Nator
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 18
Rendezspew
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 27
Sprayathon
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 7
The Colinator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Pollinator
 43
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Lolanator
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang
 50
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Bobby Brown
 4
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Pretty Hate Machine
 60
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Slagissimo
 21
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Debaser
 33
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Vitamin D
 16
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Pump-O-Rama
 64
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Das Fruit Machine
 12
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Pump-O-Nator
 3
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Rendezspew
 18
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Sprayathon
 27
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
The Colinator
 7
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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Went to Rifle on my first visit last weekend and was impressed with a lot of the climbs, although they were somewhat difficult. Arsenal is my favorite crag, and I highly recommend trying Pollinator (5.12a) if you're looking for a fun, creative route.

Btw, last Sunday at Arsenal, I left behind a grey Black Diamond harness, LA Sportiva Solutions, a chalk bag, and a Nalgene. Please contact me at 301-606-2002 if you have any info regarding my lost items. Any help is greatly appreciated! Oct 4, 2016

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