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Beer Run S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Bloody Corner S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Bolt Action S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bovine Impact S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Call the Cops S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Cap-gun (aka Dave Bingham Route aka "Return to Sender") S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Choss Family Robinson S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Cooch S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Don't Point That Thing At Me (Head Full of Lead extension) S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Extended Family S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Firearms S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
First Steps S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Head Full of Lead S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
In Your Face S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Kielbasa Run S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Le Frimeur S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Long Barrel S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Loose Cannon S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Nessun Dorma S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Noble Wife S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Pellet Gun S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Pinch Fest S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Prime Evil S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Prime Time S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Prime the Pump S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Primer S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Princess of Turandot S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Promise, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Red Dawn S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Rolling Log, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Route S 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
Shibumi S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Smoking Gun S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Street Knowledge S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Supre Guide S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Waiting For 21 S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
When the Levee Breaks S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Wreaths of Wrath S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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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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Description

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.

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Nolan Robertson
  5.12b
Nolan Robertson  
  5.12b
This route is awesome, If you don't like rock-climbing and awesome holds, don't get on it. May 25, 2017
Eric Carlos
Chattanooga, TN
  5.12b
Eric Carlos   Chattanooga, TN
  5.12b
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
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
 
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
 
Fun route. Good holds with long moves. Definitely not better than pinchfest though. May 19, 2009
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
  5.12b
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
  5.12b
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
richard magill
  5.12b
richard magill  
  5.12b
Great line - definitely deserves 2 stars, maybe even 3! Aug 19, 2004
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
patrick  
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
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