(LIST OF CLIMBS + 1 "TRIP REPORT")
Category: Colorado
Elev: ~7000 ft
Rock Type: Limestone
 
2019
 

RIFLE Climbing


Rifle is home to some of the best hard sport limestone cragging in North America.


The steep limestone of Rifle.

The first time I climbed in Rifle was in July 2019, shortly after I had moved to Boulder. A friend and I were on a tour of some of the climbing areas of the state, and we stopped for an afternoon to crag at Rifle on the drive back to Boulder from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This was my introduction to limestone sport climbing, something Washington (where I lived before I moved) did not have.

Since I plan to return to Rifle several times over the years, I just keep a list of the climbs I've done there (on this page). Below the list, I've also included my original trip report from the first day I climbed here.



ON THIS PAGE:

LINK
List of climbs I've done in Rifle
2019 trip report (1st trip to Rifle: 1 day of cragging)
JULY
8
2019

  TR #: 351



(Pitifully small)List of climbs I've done in Rifle

(Alphabetical order)
CLIMB DIFFICULTY AREA
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Borat 5.11b Middle Ice Caves July 8, 2019
Carlin 5.10b Middle Ice Caves July 8, 2019
Feline 5.11b Middle Ice Caves July 8, 2019
Merry Maids 5.10a Middle Ice Caves July 8, 2019
Spuds in Space 5.9 Middle Ice Caves July 8, 2019

Original trip report for 1st visit to Rifle....


July 2019 Trip Report to Rifle
1 Day: Cragging

Date: July 8, 2019
Partner: Doug Hutchinson

 
<-- Map of summer 2019
     climbing 
roadtrip 
     (click to enlarge)

Intro

I had just moved to Boulder, and my friend Doug from Seattle took the opportunity of me being down in Colorado to plan a 10-day climbing trip to the area. This was a great opportunity for me to check out some of the climbing areas in my unfamiliar backyard with a familiar partner. On our way back to Boulder from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we stopped for an afternoon session at Rifle. This was my introduction to sport climbing on steep limestone, something Washington didn't have. I'll be back! The following gives a list of what we climbed and some photos.

Climbs / Photos

1. CarlinMiddle Ice Caves (5.10b)
2. Spuds in SapceMiddle Ice Caves (5.9)
3. Merry Maids, Middle Ice Caves (5.10a)
4. Feline, Middle Ice Caves (5.11b)
5. Borat, Middle Ice Caves (5.11b)

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Photo descriptions:
1. Rifle.
2-3. Carlin. Steep juggy limestone fun
4. Merry Maids. Like a bolted crack climb.
5. Ice cave at Middle Ice Caves cliff.
6. At the base of Feline.
7. Doug onsighting Feline, apparently one of the better 5.11's at Rifle. More fun than catnip and three blind mice, as the guidebook states.
8-9. A chalk roadmap and an arrow pointing out the key jug at the crux.