Elevation: 7,142 ft
GPS: 39.721, -107.69 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 38,448 total · 180/month
Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Nov 4, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Overnight
32°F 0°C
Fri
54°F - 33°F 12°C - 1°C
Sat
62°F - 37°F 17°C - 3°C
Sun
65°F - 38°F 18°C - 3°C
Memorial Day
54°F - 34°F 12°C - 1°C
Tue
47°F - 33°F 8°C - 1°C
Wed
57°F - 36°F 14°C - 2°C

Description

The Ruckman Cave is one of the most popular walls in Rifle. It is home to classic lines such as Beer Run (5.13a), Street Knowledge (5.12a), Pinch Fest (5.12b), and In Your Face (5.12d). Many of the routes end under the large roof, although a few take on this feature, or climb the steep wall to either side. The wall houses a couple of Rifle warm-ups on the right side of the large roof. It has solid climbing with some terrific features. Check out Pinch Fest for some of the most amazing natural holds I have ever seen. The cave gets morning sun, so it is a good place on cold days, but wait until evening for hot ones.

Getting There

There is a large (8) car parking pull out 1.3 miles into the canyon, directly across from the Meat Wall. Park here, and walk across the wooden plank bridge, then follow the trail 20-30 feet to get to the wall. This trail leads directly to Pinch Fest.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ruckman Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 65
Nessun Dorma
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 24
Bloody Corner
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 93
Pellet Gun
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 136
Choss Family Robinson
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 42
Red Dawn
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 41
Bolt Action
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 50
Return to Sender (aka Cap-gun)
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 174
Pinch Fest
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 92
Street Knowledge
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 53
Loose Cannon
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 40
Noble Wife
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 39
The Promise
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 30
Extended Family
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 41
In Your Face
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 44
Beer Run
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nessun Dorma
 65
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bloody Corner
 24
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Sport
Pellet Gun
 93
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Choss Family Robinson
 136
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Red Dawn
 42
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Bolt Action
 41
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Return to Sender (aka Cap-gun)
 50
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pinch Fest
 174
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Street Knowledge
 92
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Loose Cannon
 53
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Noble Wife
 40
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Promise
 39
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Extended Family
 30
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
In Your Face
 41
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Beer Run
 44
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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