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Cardinal Sin 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Joe Desimone
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Submitted By: Nate Weitzel on Sep 1, 2001

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Rich starting up Cardinal Sin (5.12a).


Cardinal Sin is another fantastic line that takes on a more vertical section of rock (at least by Rifle standards). This route is 40 yards down the road from 80 Feet of Meat and starts with the first couple of bolts on homemade hangers. This route climbs through a crazy sequence of underclings that is very cool and follows this with a thin, non-positive crux sequence. Keep climbing fast through here and the going will get easier. A long draw may be nice for shorter people in the crux. Highly recommended.


8 bolts to lowering rings.

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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 9, 2001

Joe Desimone. Somehow Hassan got this mixed up.
By Neal Carroll
Oct 7, 2004
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I love this's just got character and a nice flow to it....
By Amanda Fox
Aug 22, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

My first 5.12 and therefore my favorite route at Rifle, but seriously, good holds to powerful underclings to thought-provoking moves to easy terrain. Have fun figuring out the best way to clip the crux bolt! Varied, beta-intensive, and super fun. Will probably climb this route many times over.
By Jason Ogasian
Oct 17, 2012

8 protection bolts were replaced on this route in January 2012 with support from the ASCA.

Rock Climbing Photo: ASCA.
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Nov 6, 2015
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

This climb hasn't gotten easier in the past 30 years with the polish. Andrew Bisharat's comment about Rifle being soft as baby shit made me think we need to erase his memory and see if he can pull this off when he doesn't have the beta wired :)

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