Type: Sport
FA: Mike Pont, Pete Zoller
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Shared By: Anonymous Coward on Nov 13, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Street Knowledge was one of the first routes at Rifle and as such is now one of the most polished. This may also be due to the fact that the route sees zero water because of a 6-foot roof above the anchors.

It is two routes right of Choss Family -- basically the 3rd route from the left in the cave proper, and can be recognized by a chossy start that gives way to nice pocketed stone before ending below the roof at double cold-shuts.

Many holds have fallen off in the choss band between the first and second bolts, making it quite hard to make the 2nd clip. Use a stick if you're not sure. This route is quite bouldery and sustained, with one good rest below the last bolt to prime your fingers for a series of crimpy exit moves (these can be avoided by moving right on sinker pockets, dropping the grade to 12a).

While not especially aesthetic, this route has fun moves and some of the cooler pocket climbing to be found in the canyon. Enjoy.


8 quickdraws.


Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
This is an interesting anecdote. I had gone up S.K. and was descending by rappel, pulling gear as I rapped. Near the middle of the steepest part of the cave, I reached in to pull the draw. The entire bolt slipped out of the rock - still attached to my draw. The route does indeed see little water washing over its surface, however, don't be fooled. Most of the rock in Rifle is extremely porous limestone and can contain a very high water content, so much so that the bolts can sometimes pull out with little more than a light tug. I had just climbed past that bolt. Nov 13, 2001
Though I agree with some of the description of street knowledge some of it I feel to be false. The second clip is really easy to make if you clip from the jug after the undercling (the first clip is another story however). Also, there are plenty of jugs to shake out on, but it is a nicely sustained climb. Also, I did both ways to the top( the direct and going out right), and I found neither of them more easy or harder. The long way pumps you out more and has a bigger fall (adds some mental block climbing) though the direct route is on smaller holds it is less moves and better visible feet. So, I think that both ways are 12b. Pat. Jun 6, 2003
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward  
No, no, no, no, no, no! The very fun route that goes by the name "Street Knowledge" is 12b if and only if you continue straight up. The right exit isn't anywhere close to being as fun as the straight up way. Jul 1, 2003
richard magill
richard magill  
Great line - definitely deserves 2 stars, maybe even 3! Aug 19, 2004
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
I have never understood the infatuation with this route. I climbs bad rock (ala Choss Family) for a short way, and is basically an eliminate given the many options at the top. I have climbed it many times and each time, I come down and think to myself: what did I do that for? Jul 5, 2007
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
Fun route. Good holds with long moves. Definitely not better than pinchfest though. May 19, 2009
Eric Carlos
Eric Carlos   depends
Really fun movement from the 2nd bolt to the top, but it is definitely harder to go straight than through the sinker pockets 4 ft to the right. May 10, 2017
Nolan Robertson
Durango, CO
Nolan Robertson   Durango, CO
This route is awesome, If you don't like rock-climbing and awesome holds, don't get on it. May 25, 2017