Elevation: 7,062 ft
GPS: 39.708, -107.695 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Nov 12, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

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

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
 27
Lolanator
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 64
The Pollinator
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 60
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 80
Pretty Hate Machine
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Bobby Brown
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 29
Slagissimo
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 45
Debaser
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 20
Vitamin D
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 89
Pump-O-Rama
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 19
Das Fruit Machine
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Pump-O-Nator
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 26
Rendezspew
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 36
Sprayathon
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 23
The Path
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 8
The Colinator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lolanator
 27
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Pollinator
 64
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang
 60
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Pretty Hate Machine
 80
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Bobby Brown
 7
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Slagissimo
 29
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Debaser
 45
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Vitamin D
 20
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Pump-O-Rama
 89
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Das Fruit Machine
 19
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Pump-O-Nator
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Rendezspew
 26
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Sprayathon
 36
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
The Path
 23
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
The Colinator
 8
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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