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Apocalypse '91 S 
Bottom Feeder S 
Defenseless Betty S 
Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Jesus), The S 
Fist Full of Dollars S 
Gay Science, The S 
Gayness, The S 
Goofy Foot S 
Hang 'Em High S 
Hang 'Em Higher S 
Irie Meditation S 
Little Monkey S 
Living in Fear S 
Mighty Mouse S 
Modest Mouse S 
Mouse Trap S 
Of Mice and Men S 
Present Tense S 
Rehabilitator S 
Sick Little Monkey S 
Simply Read S 
Simply Redlined S 
Sometimes Always S 
Strange Ranger S 
Top Feeder S 
Twisted S 
Waka Flocka S 
War and Peace S 
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Project Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Nov 3, 2001  with updates from Lukas Wiborg


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The Project Wall is Rifle's most public crag, sitting literally 5 feet off the road at one of the deepest, narrowest bends in the canyon. If you don't mind a bit of road noise, gawking tourists and occasional crowding on the "warm-ups" then this wall, which towers a whopping 200+ feet above the road, is well worth a visit. Most the of the climbs tackle direct (straight-up) lines on blue and grey water streaks, while a central cave offers some of the steepest and hardest routes in Rifle. Don't miss classics include: Rehabilitator (11c), Defenseless Betty (12a), Hang 'Em High (12b), Apocalypse '91 (13b), The Eighth Day (13a) and Simply Read (13d).

Getting There 

The Project Wall sits about two miles up the canyon on the right and is hard to miss. It is as roadside as Rifle gets.

There is room for three cars in the small pull-out below Apocalypse, otherwise park at the Anti-Phil pull-out just downstream or up at Ruckman Cave and walk. Keep your dogs leashed while you climb here lest they end up as road pizza.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.8 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Project Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Project Wall:
Bottom Feeder   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Fist Full of Dollars   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Rehabilitator   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Defenseless Betty   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Hang 'Em High   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Modest Mouse   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Top Feeder   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Hang 'Em Higher   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mighty Mouse   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Jesus)   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 2 pitches   
Apocalypse '91   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Sometimes Always   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Simply Read   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Living in Fear   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Gay Science   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Strange Ranger   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Present Tense   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
The Gayness   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Project Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg K. hangs out to catch up on some reading.

Simply Read 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  Colorado : Rifle Mountain Park : Project Wall
This line defines the term "directissima," and were it vertical instead of 40 degrees overhanging, would be the proverbial, Comici-esque path which a drop of water would follow from the cliff's summit to the base of the wall.Simply Read climbs out the center of the cave sector on the Project Wall directly above the parking area. It tackles an ultra-steep line on porcelain-hard white stone and can be recognized by a highly-chalked boulder problem start in the opening cave.This line was originally...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Martin Lama
Jun 18, 2003
I spent 5 weeks at Rifle in 1995, and on rest days with Tony Berlier and a shovel we bought from the op shop in town, built the retaining wall along the base of this wall. I was just curious if this was still there and being used.
By Andy Mauk
Jun 10, 2004
There is a new route to the very right on the project wall and I heard it was bolted last winter and is rated 5.12a. I was wondering if anyone knew the name of this route?
By Jonathan Groppenbacher
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 25, 2005
In the new Evolv poster of Chris Lindner on The Eighth Day, you can see it just to the right of where the 8th Day begins. I was curious myself.
By Ethan Ciolkevich
Apr 3, 2015
I was climbing this crag on 3/28/2015 and left my Belay Specs in their orange case. When I came back 30 minutes later, they were gone. If you took them or know who did, please PM and help me get them back. Thanks.
By Lukas Hill 1
Aug 16, 2015
Missing Sportiva Muira velcro size 40 at the base of Rehabilitation. They are brand new and a size 40. They were picked up from this wall some time Saturday night or Sunday morning. Please return them! My # is 720-626-7601.
By Lukas Hill 1
May 8, 2017
Found belay jacket and shorts at th ebase of Project Wall 5/7/17 Sunday night at 730! Message me.

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