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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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Type: Sport
FA: Scott Leonard, Ryan Sappenfield
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Feb 6, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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The route holds the dubious honor of being Rifle's shortest route. What's more, the clipping jug at the second bolt is often wet and the route arbitrarily ends 25 feet up at a set of hard-to-clip anchors.

Nevertheless, for being such a pile, this route has some weired sort of scruffy charm. It is on the right edge of the Handy Boy cave and climbs through the chossy looking white and black stone onto the pockets and weird tufa features.

Stick clip the first bolt or get a good spot. Continuous, bouldery moves past the wet hole (often has a sock stuffed in it) get you to the "summit."


6 quickdraws and a stick clip for bolt one.


In the new guidebook, Handy Boy is rated 12d. But most people and myself find it easier. Jun 16, 2003
I can not imagine why Dave uprated this thing to 12d in his new book. It's 12c and an easy one at that. Do you really think this route is as hard as Hand Me the Canteen Boy (12d)? It's not even harder than Hang 'Em High (12c). Jun 17, 2003
Tom C  
In the new Rifle guidebook, this is 12d, and the FA is Matt Samet. Jun 12, 2006
Taylor Roy
Salt Lake City, UT
Taylor Roy   Salt Lake City, UT
WARNING!!! The bolt just before the two bolt anchor is looking really bad. The rock has worn away, exposing the sleeve. Sep 17, 2008
Great moves. If only it were longer, it would get 3-4 stars in my book. It is in need of new bolts for sur, and I would agree with friendly for 12c once you figure out what to do. Sep 1, 2018

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