Description

The Project Wall is Rifle's most public crag, sitting literally 5 feet off the road at one of the deepest, narrowest bends in the canyon. If you don't mind a bit of road noise, gawking tourists and occasional crowding on the "warm-ups" then this wall, which towers a whopping 200+ feet above the road, is well worth a visit. Most the of the climbs tackle direct (straight-up) lines on blue and grey water streaks, while a central cave offers some of the steepest and hardest routes in Rifle. Don't miss classics include: Rehabilitator (11c), Defenseless Betty (12a), Hang 'Em High (12b), Apocalypse '91 (13b), The Eighth Day (13a) and Simply Read (13d).

Getting There

The Project Wall sits about two miles up the canyon on the right and is hard to miss. It is as roadside as Rifle gets.

There is room for three cars in the small pull-out below Apocalypse, otherwise park at the Anti-Phil pull-out just downstream or up at Ruckman Cave and walk. Keep your dogs leashed while you climb here lest they end up as road pizza.

29 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Project Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 87
Bottom Feeder
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 109
Fist Full of Dollars
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 118
Rehabilitator
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 110
Defenseless Betty
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 61
Hang 'Em High
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 5
Modest Mouse
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 30
Hang 'Em Higher
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 18
The Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Je…
Sport 2 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 28
Apocalypse '91
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 5
Apocalypse
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 14
Simply Read
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 9
Living in Fear
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 8
Present Tense
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 4
The Gayness
Sport
5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
 5
Waka Flocka
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bottom Feeder
 87
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Fist Full of Dollars
 109
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Rehabilitator
 118
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Defenseless Betty
 110
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hang 'Em High
 61
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Modest Mouse
 5
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Hang 'Em Higher
 30
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Eighth Day (aka MC 900…
 18
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport 2 pitches
Apocalypse '91
 28
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Apocalypse
 5
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Simply Read
 14
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
Living in Fear
 9
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
Present Tense
 8
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
The Gayness
 4
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
Waka Flocka
 5
5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b Sport
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I spent 5 weeks at Rifle in 1995, and on rest days with Tony Berlier and a shovel we bought from the op shop in town, built the retaining wall along the base of this wall. I was just curious if this was still there and being used. Jun 18, 2003
There is a new route to the very right on the project wall and I heard it was bolted last winter and is rated 5.12a. I was wondering if anyone knew the name of this route? Jun 10, 2004
Jonathan Groppenbacher
Las Vegas, NV
Jonathan Groppenbacher   Las Vegas, NV
In the new Evolv poster of Chris Lindner on The Eighth Day, you can see it just to the right of where the 8th Day begins. I was curious myself. Jan 25, 2005
I was climbing this crag on 3/28/2015 and left my Belay Specs in their orange case. When I came back 30 minutes later, they were gone. If you took them or know who did, please PM and help me get them back. Thanks. Apr 3, 2015
Missing Sportiva Muira velcro size 40 at the base of Rehabilitation. They are brand new and a size 40. They were picked up from this wall some time Saturday night or Sunday morning. Please return them! My # is 720-626-7601. Aug 16, 2015
Found belay jacket and shorts at th ebase of Project Wall 5/7/17 Sunday night at 730! Message me. May 8, 2017