Type: Sport
FA: Mike Downing
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Dec 11, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Kingfisher is a lone, quiet route downstream and right of the Nappy Dugout, just across the gully from the dirt cone where PMS and Ivory Tower ascend. It climbs directly up the center of a cool, rectangular face capped by a small roof and a Rifle-special dark brown headwall.

The first clip is hard, so you may want to stick clip it. Crimp your way up the ever-steepening face to a wild series of karate chop moves through the bulge.

Perhaps the least-traveled good route of its grade at Rifle.


10 quickdraws.


A beautiful climb offering some peace from the scene at Rifle. Nice technical, balancey climbing for the first 2/3rds on sharpish crimps, followed by really cool bulge moves. One of my favorites in the park, a must do for the grade. In the fall, this is one of the prettiest climbs due to lots of golden colored aspen trees around it. Aug 21, 2004
Aeon Aki    
Someone told me a hold broke on this route and it is now harder. This was the first time I'd been on it so I don't know for sure, but it certainly felt tough. Sep 2, 2008
I agree something must have broken. There is a large chalky block on the ground. Seems hard for the grade, and not that fun. You can see a large undercling jug in the bulge in the picture above that is no longer there. Sep 17, 2008
Boulder, CO
Halley13   Boulder, CO
Quite possibly the BEST under climbed route in the canyon! Go climb this thing! It's super fun!!! Aug 21, 2016
Ken Cangi
Eldorado Springs, CO
Ken Cangi   Eldorado Springs, CO
Jeremy, I broke a good size block up in the crux overlap, quite a while back, and almost hit the ground. My belayer had a bunch of slack out and then ran out of the way to avoid getting hit by the falling rock. I ended up sending the route at a later date without that hold, and it felt like solid 7c. It's easier than The Beast. Aug 14, 2018