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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Wasteland

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 93
Popular Demand
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 70
Community Service
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Capuccino
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 55
Ruckus
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 16
Gun Shy
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 8
Automatic Leg Spreader
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 52
Never Believe
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 26
Slacker
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 40
Espresso
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 71
The Beast
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 18
Thieves
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 15
The Beast with Two Backs
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 36
Vision Thing
Sport
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 5
Slacker Direct
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Popular Demand
 93
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Community Service
 70
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Capuccino
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Ruckus
 55
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Gun Shy
 16
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Automatic Leg Spreader
 8
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Never Believe
 52
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Slacker
 26
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Espresso
 40
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Beast
 71
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Thieves
 18
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The Beast with Two Backs
 15
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Vision Thing
 36
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Slacker Direct
 5
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
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