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Hang 'Em High

5.12c, Sport,  Avg: 3.6 from 61 votes
FA: Kurt Smith / Mike Pont
Colorado > Rifle > Rifle Mtn Park > Project Wall


This is a Project Wall classic for the grade. This climb almost always has fixed draws as someone is always working on it.

Climb straight up the middle of the X crack, following the bolted line up this immaculate piece of limestone. Look for a couple of key rests to help the lower cruxes, and hang on tight because the fun is between the last bolt and the anchor, just the way it should be!

This is a technical and long and an endurance fest.


10 bolts to the lower off anchors.

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Keith Beckley fighting his way up the classic Hang 'Em High (5.12).
[Hide Photo] Keith Beckley fighting his way up the classic Hang 'Em High (5.12).
Passing the "X" crack on Hang 'Em High (5.12).
[Hide Photo] Passing the "X" crack on Hang 'Em High (5.12).

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Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
[Hide Comment] I'll second Nate on this one. Hang'em High is one of the best moderate lines in the canyon. Personally, I find it to be very continuous at the grade. Nov 7, 2001
[Hide Comment] Some find this route hard for .12b, especially since holds broke last season. Feb 20, 2002
[Hide Comment] How is 12b "moderate"? Jul 25, 2003
[Hide Comment] The new guidebook calls this route 12c. None of the moves are that hard, but you'll need 12c endurance to send. Aug 25, 2003
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
[Hide Comment] I can understand why folks struggle to fix a b or c grade on this rig. It's true that none of the moves are that difficult, but they're difficult to read and sustained -- with three cruxes, one coming right before the anchors. No 12b at Rifle -- with the exception of Easy Skankin' or Noble Wife -- is that long or that sustained. 12c is my vote. Jul 12, 2011
[Hide Comment] The triangle sloper/jug that most people clipped the sixth bolt from is no longer there. Jul 13, 2012
Salt Lake
[Hide Comment] I couldn't agree more that this thing is 12c. Everyone considers easy skankin' hard for .12b, and this had substantially harder moves with not really any good rests. Oct 16, 2012
Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] First 3 bolts replaced with Fixe glue-ins from the ASCA last spring (2012). Jun 14, 2013