Type: Sport
FA: Bill Gibson and Chris Knuth
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Shared By: Orphaned on Aug 12, 2009
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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Pistola is a far better climb than its popularity indicates. This seemingly forgotten route is located at the relatively quiet Sno Cone Wall and would surely see far more traffic if it were located at a more popular cliff. As is such, it makes for a nice place to hang away from the crowds and enjoy quality climbing without a stack of rope bags piling up as you work out the moves. Pistola is located right where the trail meets the cliff and begins with a short choss scramble to the first bolt and the real climbing. Boulder through the first four bolts of crimpy terrain and gain an excellent rest. Continue up the dihedral, sidepulling, stemming, and attempting to clip some difficult-to-reach bolts. One last excellent stem rest is above and just before the second (and final) crux. Pull through this and scoot left to some great holds on the arete. Easier climbing leads to the anchors.

I thought this route was a lot of fun and deserving of two stars and perhaps one more star if the poorly (read scary-to-clip) placed bolts were moved more in line with the climbing (Rifle clean-up project, anyone?).


It is located where the trail to the Sno Cone Wall meets the cliff.


11 bolts to a two bolt anchor that currently sports a locking biner on each bolt.