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Smell The Coffee
Sport, 70 ft,
Avg: 2.6 from 27
FA: Alan Nelson & Richard Wright
> Rifle Mountain…
> 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.