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Butterfly Effect, The S 
Cantina Boy S 
Cool World S 
Cooler World (Extension of Cool World) S 
Crowd Pleaser S 
Hand Me the Canteen, Boy S 
Handy Boy S 
Kiss That Stings, The S 
Left El Sapper S 
Less Than Zero S 
Peleliu S 
Right El Sapper S 
Rumor Has It S 
That One Climb S 
Tijuana Crack Whore S 
Westerplatte S 

The Sapper Cave Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Sapper Cave is the quiet, forested zone just up canyon from the Project Wall and includes the Sapper Cave itself and outlying routes on the vertical walls to the right and left. It is a good place to get back from the road a bit, and offers fair to classic routes in the 5.11 to 5.13 range.

Must do-routes include: Rumor Has It (11b), Cool World (11c), Right El Sapper (12b), Hand me the Canteen Boy (12d) and Cantina Boy (13a/b). Rumor Has It is one of the most popular routes at Rifle -- be ready to take a number on weekends or mornings during the summer. The super-sustained Hand me the Canteen Boy is also very popular for the grade and often has draws on it, a plus given its overhanging, traversy nature.

The rock and the hang are nice back here. This wall holds shade until about one or two during the summer and, along with the Project Wall, is a good place to spend the first half of your day.

Getting There 

Park at the Project Wall and walk 50 yards up canyon on the road, taking a climber's trail on the right. This trail deposits you directly under the very short Handy Boy (12b/c), a four-bolt boulder problem on the chossy right side of the cave.

If there's no parking at the Project Wall park up at Ruckman or down at the anti-Phil, but certainly NOT along the road itself.

Climbing Season



Weather station 13.8 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',3],['5.12',9],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Sapper Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Sapper Cave:
Rumor Has It   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Peleliu   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Left El Sapper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
That One Climb   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Right El Sapper   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Butterfly Effect   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Handy Boy   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Hand Me the Canteen, Boy   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Cantina Boy   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For The Sapper Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: Ed enjoying another onsight, Hand Me the Canteen, ...

Hand Me the Canteen, Boy 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Colorado : Rifle Mountain Park : The Sapper Cave
Maybe the grade at this one has settled in around 12d -- I'm not sure and I don't think it matters. This is simply a splendid climb on some of the sweetest stone in the Canyon.Hand Me the Canteen Boy climbs out the middle of the Sapper Cave onto the slightly overhanging blue and pink headwall over the lip. Start on the first two bolts of Cantina Boy then move right along a jug horizontal, which leads to a very steep alcove. Fight your way up the pods through the alcove and over the lip. A brief ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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