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Routes in Ruckman Cave

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, 50 ft
FA: Shannon Wade
Page Views: 2,707 total, 16/month
Shared By: Adam Holmes on Sep 26, 2003
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

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.

Protection

6 bolts + anchors.

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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
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
Fred Bonnard  
 
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
Monomaniac
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
dbyte
Carbondale, CO
  5.11d
dbyte   Carbondale, CO
  5.11d
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
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
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
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