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Routes in The Sapper Cave

Butterfly Effect, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Cantina Boy S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Cool World S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Cooler World (Extension of Cool World) S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Crowd Pleaser S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Hand Me the Canteen, Boy S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Handy Boy S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Kiss That Stings, The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Left El Sapper S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Less Than Zero S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Peleliu S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Right El Sapper S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Rumor Has It S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
That One Climb S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tijuana Crack Whore S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Westerplatte S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Description [Suggest Change]

The Sapper Cave is the quiet, forested zone just up canyon from the Project Wall and includes the Sapper Cave itself and outlying routes on the vertical walls to the right and left. It is a good place to get back from the road a bit, and offers fair to classic routes in the 5.11 to 5.13 range.

Must do-routes include: Rumor Has It (11b), Cool World (11c), Right El Sapper (12b), Hand me the Canteen Boy (12d) and Cantina Boy (13a/b). Rumor Has It is one of the most popular routes at Rifle -- be ready to take a number on weekends or mornings during the summer. The super-sustained Hand me the Canteen Boy is also very popular for the grade and often has draws on it, a plus given its overhanging, traversy nature.

The rock and the hang are nice back here. This wall holds shade until about one or two during the summer and, along with the Project Wall, is a good place to spend the first half of your day.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Park at the Project Wall and walk 50 yards up canyon on the road, taking a climber's trail on the right. This trail deposits you directly under the very short Handy Boy (12b/c), a four-bolt boulder problem on the chossy right side of the cave.

If there's no parking at the Project Wall park up at Ruckman or down at the anti-Phil, but certainly NOT along the road itself.

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