Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Shannon Wade
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Shared By: Adam Holmes on Sep 26, 2003
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Red Dawn is a dead vertical crimp fest on beautiful blue limestone reminiscent of the Wasteland routes. Crimp your way up 6 closely spaced bolts and pull up onto a sloping ledge. The bolts stop at this point for some reason but luckily the climbing eases to 5.9. Hike the short runout to the anchors.

Red Dawn is located about 25 right of Bloody Corner (10c) on the "other" Ruckman Cave wall that is 100 yards left of the cave proper.


6 bolts + anchors.


Shannon Wade and I bolted and climbed this from the top down and we were unsure how our battery pack would hold out between this and LeFrimeur. We did run out of battery and thus the runout, but as you pointed out, the climbing isn't bad.

Sep 22, 2004
scott B  
Got on this climb last year. It is actually really good and climbs well after one cleans off the cobwebs. Never heard of a soul doing this, but well worth the bushwack if you are sick of the overhung stuff. Jul 17, 2006
Good once you get the cobwebs off? Well worth the bushwhack? These are not good things. No offense to Fred, but I didn't like this route at all. The clips are desperate, the holds are scary, and the upper half is terrifyingly dirty. I'm not sure how it got 4 stars in the book, but I must object. Too short, too scary, too dirty, too many thorns on the approach. May 11, 2009
Carbondale, CO
dbyte   Carbondale, CO
This route is very good. The "runout" @ the top is only ~12 feet from the 6th bolt to the anchor & is 5.9 climbing. It is also preceded by a no-hands rest with the 6th bolt @ your feet. The approach is casual if you don't stay close to the cliff bottom (no bushwhacking required). We found it to be clean & with very good, technical movements - packs a good pump into its length. May 24, 2009
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
I wonder if Angus was on The Rolling Log, which is everything that he said (too short, too scary, too dirty).

Red Dawn is almost as good as the movie, but a little on the short side. Oct 10, 2009
Fred Bonnard
Longmont, CO
Fred Bonnard   Longmont, CO
The anchor was replaced and a new bolt added in the top part above the ledge (part of the Rifle cleaning and rebolting week end 8/21 - 22). This route is absolutely stellar, great technical move and as dbyte mentioned builds a good pump. Aug 23, 2010
Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
Dean Cool   Boulder, CO
Got on this after the cleanup weekend. The bolts seemed to be solid and there are currently draws hanging as well. Great climb if you want to change things up from the rest of Rifle. Aug 24, 2010
As of 9/10/15, the fourth (maybe fifth) bolt is sticking out some, and the bolt will not tighten enough to make the hanger snug. When I got up to the bolt, the nut was about off. I placed an "x" next to that bolt. Not sure where I can report this so the powers that be can step in. All other bolts seemed fine. Sep 13, 2015