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Routes in The Sapper Cave

Butterfly Effect, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Cantina Boy S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Cool World S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Cooler World (Extension of Cool World) S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Crowd Pleaser S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Hand Me the Canteen, Boy S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Handy Boy S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Kiss That Stings, The S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Left El Sapper S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Less Than Zero S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Peleliu S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Right El Sapper S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Rumor Has It S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
That One Climb S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tijuana Crack Whore S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Westerplatte S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Type: Sport, 100 ft
FA: Richard Wright and Mark Tarrant
Page Views: 6,234 total, 49/month
Shared By: Joe Collins on Jun 29, 2007
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

By most accounts, this was the first route put up at Rifle and is, in my opinion, the best route of its grade in the Canyon. The Wright/Tarrant combo have made some great contributions (largely unsung) to the climbing community, but their "find" near a small town on the Western Slope has to be their most important. For more information, see the comments under the route Never Believe.

Looking at the Sapper Cave/Wall, there is an obvious light grey streak on the right side of the wall. The grey streak is Rumor Has It. Begin with burly lieback moves to gain a jug/ledge. These are probably the hardest moves, but the route remains pumpy and technical to the finish. Almost exactly a 30m pitch, so use at least a 60m rope.

A lot of people prefer 80 Feet of Meat of the Rifle "warm-up" routes, but given the choice, I'd take Rumor Has It anyday.

Location

This is the rightmost route in the Sapper Cave.

Protection

11 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor w/ lowering biners.

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Luke Bertelsen
Tucson, AZ
  5.11b
Luke Bertelsen   Tucson, AZ  
  5.11b
Best 5.11 in Rifle. Oct 10, 2016
davedad
Carbondale, CO
 
davedad   Carbondale, CO
 
Great. So nice it is long and consistently engaging. Aug 9, 2015
I replaced the first 2 bolts and a new anchor to Rumor Has It. The new hardware is ASCA glue-in bolts. September 2013. Oct 7, 2013
426
  5.11
426  
  5.11
Tricky to onsight...keep your composure and be prepared for lots of slickness and sidepulls. Apr 20, 2008
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
 
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
 
This has to be one of the best 5.11s anywhere. RHI offers thought-provoking climbing up a beautiful gray streak. Jul 5, 2007