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Spuds in Space 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Hank Fisher on Jul 7, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: The old bolts that were pulled and replaced with n...


50 yards farther North on the trail from Merry Maids at the top of a slippery dirt hill are three beginner (for Rifle) routes. Spuds in Space is the route on the left slightly down from the top of the hill.

This is a good, well protected route with slightly polished/greasy holds. The crux is about halway up going over a mini-overhang. It is not exactly a beginner route, but at Rifle it is as close as you are going to come. This is a fairly long route and probably should be done with a 60m rope just to be sure.


9 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

Photos of Spuds in Space Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Clipping close to the top.
Clipping close to the top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just before the anchors.
Just before the anchors.

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By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Nov 20, 2007

This used to have the worst, slippery, belay zone. But this summer, 2007, we found a nice new ledge with a retaining wall and some steps. Thanks!
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Aug 22, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This was rebolted today courtesy of hardware from the ASCA.
By E Johnson
From: Boulder, CO
May 22, 2012

Thanks for the new bolts and nice belay spot.
No way would I call this route well protected for anyone less than 5'9". No way would I recommend it to a new 5.8 leader. I'm not a new 5.8 leader and the runout wore me down before I got to the crux which I read is the bulge. For the clip below the bulge, I was 3 feet above my last clip and 3 feet from my next with handholds/footholds that were widely spaced and gleaming with polish, too. Delicate moves, high body tension, and a mind made of steel were going to be required to continue. By the time I'd gotten there, twice I'd had to clip bolts stretching as far as I could from a decent stance to be able to press the gate open with the bolt (in other words I couldn't hold the gate open with my thumb and still make the clip)! Nerve wracking. It doesn't need to be so scary.
By DavidCollins
From: Grand Junction, CO
Oct 7, 2012

Great route. Solid rock, nice range of moves. I don't think it's that bad for a 5.8 leader. Perhaps bolts are spaced a bit further apart than other routes in the area but moving onto the good holds for clipping keeped it OK.
By Curtis Summers
From: Fort Worth Texas
Jan 30, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I was here in September of 2013, and the new Rifle Mountain Park book by Dave Pegg says the route is 5.9.

Very great book by the way.