Elevation: 7,142 ft
GPS: 39.721, -107.69 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 66,946 total · 277/month
Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Nov 4, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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.

42 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Ruckman Cave Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Ruckman Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 96
Nessun Dorma
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 120
Pellet Gun
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 180
Choss Family Robinson
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 66
Red Dawn
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 128
Firearms
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 69
Return to Sender (aka Cap-gun)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 45
Kielbasa Run
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 231
Pinch Fest
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 119
Street Knowledge
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 70
Loose Cannon
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 63
Noble Wife
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 51
The Promise
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 41
Extended Family
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 51
In Your Face
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 65
Beer Run
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nessun Dorma
 96
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pellet Gun
 120
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Choss Family Robinson
 180
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Red Dawn
 66
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Firearms
 128
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Return to Sender (aka Cap-gun)
 69
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Kielbasa Run
 45
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pinch Fest
 231
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Street Knowledge
 119
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Loose Cannon
 70
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Noble Wife
 63
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Promise
 51
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Extended Family
 41
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
In Your Face
 51
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Beer Run
 65
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
More Classic Climbs in Ruckman Cave »

Sun & Shade

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos