Type: Sport
FA: Choss Family
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Aug 6, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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While not nearly as good as "80 Feet of Meat," this is a fun route that still sees plenty of traffic and is just as popular of a morning warm-up, especially on weekends.

Cold Cuts climbs the long vertical wall immediately right of "80 Feet of Meat " and finishes at a separate set of anchors up on the same ledge. It's a bit chossier than its neighbor, so make an effort to stay on route.

This route is basically a low crux on pockets to lots of easier climbing to some funky crux biz in a series of faint corners up high.


11-12 quickdraws.


While it's gratifying to make people feel weak by downgrading all the routes they climb, I really wish you'd stop. Cold Cuts only feels like .10d if after warming up on it 100 times and getting it wired. Nov 30, 2001
yep I'd say its 10.d also.... Dec 1, 2001
Sorry Matt. I get fed up with everyone in Rifle downgrading every freakin' climb in the canyon (unless it's their project), so I guess I was overly touchy when I saw a few suspect downgradings on this board.

I do, however, feel that you should have done some research too. I think you based your grade on the opinion of a select few people, while ignoring the consensus of the guidebook authors' research. Cold Cuts is .11a in the first guide, and I think it might even be .11b in the new one. Whichever grade is settled on, I feel that .10d is too low, especially since a nice polish has accumulated from a million ascents, and holds broke down low.

5.11 climbers tend to struggle on the route (as do stronger climbers at the beggining of the season), and there aren't too many climbers who want to downgrade it. Those who do are both way too strong to know what 5.11 feels like, and have the climb way too wired from warming up on it every single climbing day (of course it's going to feel easy then).

Peace Dec 1, 2001
Dan Dalton
Boulder, CO
Dan Dalton   Boulder, CO
This route now has permanent, hanging draws courtesy of a great climber from Boulder named Tony, (I forget his last name). Thanks! Sep 24, 2007
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
Holy polish! Why do people still climb this thing?? Jun 30, 2008
Carbondale, CO
dbyte   Carbondale, CO
I gotta agree w/ Mono on this 1. Can't speak for what it may have been "back in the day", but as of now it's not that good. Jul 21, 2008
Garrett Bales
Lake City, CO
Garrett Bales   Lake City, CO
If you were to base a star rating on polish, every climb at Rifle would get half a star. This place is worse than Thailand for grease factor. May 30, 2011
So many haters. I think it's 11a and fun. Definitely has some polish though. Sep 11, 2013
Kaylene Grove
Kaylene Grove  
Good testpiece for the grade. Fun moves on mostly good handholds with great rests in between. Pumpy and nerve-wracking getting over the bulge down low. Distinct crux up high - took me a while to figure out how to get past it. Yes, it has quite a few polished feet, which adds to the mental challenge. Perma-draws - YAY! (I didn't get on 80 Feet of Meat, so I can't speak to a comparison.) Aug 16, 2016