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Areas in Lower Tier

South Facing 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Upper Tier 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
West Facing 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Elevation: 7,496 ft
GPS: 39.71, -107.691 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Aug 2, 2002 with updates
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

The Lower Tier is the wall/walls immediately down-canyon of the Skull Cave. The climbing here is "slabbier" than other areas at Rifle, but the stone is an interesting blend of white and blue rock with funky spikes, swirls, and undercut bulge features that make for puzzling climbing.

The left sector sits directly above the parking area, and has two routes facing the road (scramble up onto a ledge to start). The right sector is back along a litte trail leading into the trees and faces downcanyon (west-ish). The Lower Tier is one of the sunniest crags in Rifle -- if you're trying these routes in the summer, you'll have until about 1 pm until the sun comes around.

Getting There

Park in the two car pull-out just below (downcanyon) from the Skull Cave _this parking area is directly across the road from Merry Maids -- an obvious, left-leaning inset corner with blue and white rock -- on the Ice Cave Walls. Alternately, park at the bigger lot at the Wasteland and walk back up the road (3-5 minutes).

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Thanks for that info! Jul 31, 2015
Jerad Friedrichs
Colorado Springs
Jerad Friedrichs   Colorado Springs
It is a 12c called Rigor Mortis. Go get it! Jul 31, 2015
Anyone know what the route just left of Eulogy is (starts in grey corner)? Jul 28, 2015

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