Rumor Has It
Avg: 3.6 from 102 votes
|Type:||Sport, 100 ft|
|FA:||Richard Wright and Mark Tarrant|
|Page Views:||6,325 total · 49/month|
|Shared By:||Joe Collins on Jun 29, 2007|
|Admins:||Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionBy 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.