The Arsenal Rock Climbing
|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|
DescriptionThe 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 ThereDrive 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).
Classic Climbing Routes at The Arsenal
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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