REI Community
Meat Wall
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
80 Feet of Meat S 
Blocky Horror Picture Show S 
Bulges of Munge S 
Cardinal Sin S 
Carnivore S 
Cold Cuts S 
Crime and Punishment S 
Czech Mate S 
Dirt S 
Dirty Johnson S 
Drunk Lover S 
Gun Show S 
Jail Bait S 
James Brown's Wild Ride S 
La Superlune (aka Polish Sausage) S 
Le Specimen S 
Lost and Found S 
Next Try S 
Sausage Boy aka Sam's Route S 
Sex Machine S 
Steroid Power S 

Cold Cuts 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Choss Family
Page Views: 2,800
Submitted By: Pinklebear on Aug 7, 2001

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (157)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Having fun on Cold Cuts.


While not nearly as good as "80 Feet of Meat," this is a fun route that still sees plenty of traffic and is just as popular of a morning warm-up, especially on weekends.

Cold Cuts climbs the long vertical wall immediately right of "80 Feet of Meat " and finishes at a separate set of anchors up on the same ledge. It's a bit chossier than its neighbor, so make an effort to stay on route.

This route is basically a low crux on pockets to lots of easier climbing to some funky crux biz in a series of faint corners up high.


11-12 quickdraws.

Photos of Cold Cuts Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Kendall about midway up Cold Cuts.
Kendall about midway up Cold Cuts.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cold Cuts, 80 feet of Meat's draws can be seen to ...
Cold Cuts, 80 feet of Meat's draws can be seen to ...

Comments on Cold Cuts Add Comment
Show which comments
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 30, 2001

While it's gratifying to make people feel weak by downgrading all the routes they climb, I really wish you'd stop. Cold Cuts only feels like .10d if after warming up on it 100 times and getting it wired.
By Anonymous Coward
Dec 1, 2001

yep I'd say its 10.d also....
By Anonymous Coward
Dec 1, 2001

Sorry Matt. I get fed up with everyone in Rifle downgrading every freakin' climb in the canyon (unless it's their project), so I guess I was overly touchy when I saw a few suspect downgradings on this board.

I do, however, feel that you should have done some research too. I think you based your grade on the opinion of a select few people, while ignoring the consensus of the guidebook authors' research. Cold Cuts is .11a in the first guide, and I think it might even be .11b in the new one. Whichever grade is settled on, I feel that .10d is too low, especially since a nice polish has accumulated from a million ascents, and holds broke down low.

5.11 climbers tend to struggle on the route (as do stronger climbers at the beggining of the season), and there aren't too many climbers who want to downgrade it. Those who do are both way too strong to know what 5.11 feels like, and have the climb way too wired from warming up on it every single climbing day (of course it's going to feel easy then).

By Dan Dalton
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 24, 2007
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This route now has permanent, hanging draws courtesy of a great climber from Boulder named Tony, (I forget his last name). Thanks!
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Jun 30, 2008

Holy polish! Why do people still climb this thing??
By dbyte
From: Carbondale, CO
Jul 21, 2008
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I gotta agree w/ Mono on this 1. Can't speak for what it may have been "back in the day", but as of now it's not that good.
By Garrett Bales
From: Lake City, CO
May 30, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

If you were to base a star rating on polish, every climb at Rifle would get half a star. This place is worse than Thailand for grease factor.
By Martin Harris
Sep 11, 2013

So many haters. I think it's 11a and fun. Definitely has some polish though.
By Kaylene Grove
Aug 16, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Good testpiece for the grade. Fun moves on mostly good handholds with great rests in between. Pumpy and nerve-wracking getting over the bulge down low. Distinct crux up high - took me a while to figure out how to get past it. Yes, it has quite a few polished feet, which adds to the mental challenge. Perma-draws - YAY! (I didn't get on 80 Feet of Meat, so I can't speak to a comparison.)

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About