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Smell The Coffee

5.11, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 2.6 from 28 votes
FA: Alan Nelson & Richard Wright
Colorado > Rifle > Rifle Mtn Park > Ice Cave Walls > Lower Ice Caves


Smell the Coffe is a bit of an anomoly for the Ice Caves. The route is long, sustained, and relatively unpolished, which distinguishes it from its scruffy neighbors to the right. Considering its length & texture, this is probably one of the better 5.11b's at Rifle.

The crux is basically getting off the ground, with a reachy crank between pockets (a slopey pinch facilitates this move for shorties). Traverse left along the obvious series of pockets, to a pumpy sequence moving into a shallow groove. After copping a great rest out left, charge up the excellent, textured headwall. Enduro, technical crimping on sharp brown rock leads to the chains.


This is on the far left of the "dirt mound" climbs that include Wake Up Call and Continental Call. It's the first route you come to after The Bumble Bee.


11 bolts and anchor.

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Resting up after the pumpy opening traverse.
[Hide Photo] Resting up after the pumpy opening traverse.

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Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I personally disagree with the description of the route. It's not really sustained. It's a boulder problem at the beginning to a no hands rest. To really easy climbing, to a technical easier boulder problem at the top. It is long but not sustained. It's an okay problem, definitely not even close to the best 11b in Rifle, and I don't think it's even the best 11 at its own wall. That is just my opinion, but it's a cool route if you want a fun boulder problem to warm up on! Oct 6, 2014
John Byrnes
Fort Collins, CO
[Hide Comment] The start of this route (traverse) could use another bolt between #1 & #2, or maybe just move #2 down and right a bit.

Right now you have to reach high above your head to clip #2, which is a spinning cold-shut. You have good hand holds, but the feet are polished and insecure. If you blow it, you will certainly hit the deck hard.

You can mitigate this by using your stick to pre-hang #2 with a longer draw. Don't clip the rope though, because if you do, you'll pendulum like mad (and likely hit the wall/ground) if you fall near #1, which is the main crux. Aug 29, 2015