Type: Sport
FA: Colin Lantz
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Sep 16, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Pump-o-Rama climbs straight out the imposing middle of the Arsenal and is one of the steepest, longest cave routes in the Canyon. Besides a funky kneebar crux at mid-height, this route is a total jug haul, albeit a very strenuous one at a consistently roofy angle. But the holds are great -- giant underclings, incut rails, slopers, jug huecos and even a crimp or two -- and the climbing stays with you all the way to the anchor.

This route can be recognized by its position in the very center of the wall and is accessed by easy, ledgy climbing on a central sort of wide pillar to reach the first bolt at the start of the overhang. There is also a very long chain draw at the crux, about six bolts up.

Don't miss the swing off the anchors -- just make sure you get as high as the second bolt before you jump, otherwise you'll crater into the birm in front of the road.


2 quickdraws -- one for the first bolt and another for the hell of it. The rest of the route is totally fixed with chain draws.
Tom C  
Any beta on where the double knee bar rest is under the roof (pre final pumpy 25 or so feet)? Jun 20, 2006
Hoez   Uganda
It's Pump-O-Rama...not Pump-a-Rama. Sep 30, 2009
Michael Schneiter
Glenwood Springs, CO
Michael Schneiter   Glenwood Springs, CO
All bolts and anchors were rebolted with Fixe glue-ins courtesy of the ASCA. Quicklinks were also changed out. The work was prompted after the 5th bolt hanger fell off last fall due to the nut falling off from repeated whippers. As is often the case, it's unlikely any of the bolts were about to fail, but it should feel good to have fresh hardware to clip on this wall where sections seep profusely at times. One hanger was a little concerning, the second to last bolt, protecting the boulder problem crux at the top. See below. For more pictures of the old and new hardware: mountainproject.com/v/10751…

Apr 5, 2012
Colin Lantz
Nederland, CO
Colin Lantz   Nederland, CO
The route is 12+ with the knee bar. On the FA, I didn't use it. A bit after the FA, I was climbing in the Arsenal when a visiting German climber got on the route. He hangdogged his way up to the crux and promptly popped in the crux changing knee bar screaming down "there a knee bar up here, it's a rest!". My eyes nearly popped out of my skull thinking "knee bars, WTF?" BTW - I don't remember where that Russian bolt hanger came from. Jul 27, 2012
benjaminleaton Eaton   Sandy, UT
Pump-o-rama Video. May 24, 2013
James Cranston
Boulder, CO
James Cranston   Boulder, CO
Mega! Tons of fun! This is a Rifle testpiece, which will put you through the gauntlet of extremely polished to non-existent feet, larger moves, and kneebar trickery. Rifle classic that exemplifies the cryptic and ego-thrashing style of the canyon.

You will wait in line to get on this. You will be sprayed on. Other climbers will piss all over the route, completing their 132nd lap of the grease-fest. Embrace it, because that's part of the classic Rifle Pump-O-Rama experience.

For optimal send conditions wait right before sunset when the rock is at its coolest so you don't grease off.

Keeping your cool through the upper crux unlocks the send. Jul 24, 2017