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Routes in Skull Cave

Bone Machine S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Cracked Open Sky, The S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Daydream Nation S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Dont' Trust Whitey S 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Forgotten Years S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Moroni Blows S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pile Driver S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pygmy Mastodon Boner S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Skeletor S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Skull Fuck S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
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Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Kurt Smith
Page Views: 1,089 total · 6/month
Shared By: Jim Redo on Jun 26, 2004
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Wow!! Arguably the steepest route in Rifle, this route suffers badly from seepage early in the season. After it dries, the route needs cleaning up for sure. Watch out for sand and spiderwebs.

Scramble up onto a polished ledge in the very back of the Skull Cave, and carefully climb to the first bolt which is about 20 feet off the ground. That is a bad place to fall. Move up and leftish for three bolts and then enter the horizontal world. It is very core intensive climbing. Powerful climbing brings you to the anchors. Kneepads are helpful.


Seven bolts to two bolt anchor.


Jim Redo  
A big section of rock fell off the top of this route above the last bolt making it unclimbable. Looking at what is left I think it would still go with a little cleaning. Jan 31, 2005
Jerad Friedrichs
Colorado Springs
Jerad Friedrichs   Colorado Springs
I was able to climb through to the original anchors making Daydream Nation still possible. I don't know why a lower anchor was put in as there were obvious holds still going to the original set. Not sure if anyone has done this since the break, but I imagine not, based on the hours of cobweb cleaning I had to do, haha! The bolts seemed fine but definitely starting to rust, it could probably need rebolting. Regardless of the drilled pockets and amount of cobwebs, I still thought this was a super fun route! Definitely a bit harder now, maybe 13c? Jul 1, 2013

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