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Cold Cuts, 80 feet of Meat's draws can be seen to ...
While not nearly as good as "80 Feet of Meat," this is a fun route that still sees plenty of traffic and is just as popular of a morning warm-up, especially on weekends.
Cold Cuts climbs the long vertical wall immediately right of "80 Feet of Meat " and finishes at a separate set of anchors up on the same ledge. It's a bit chossier than its neighbor, so make an effort to stay on route.
This route is basically a low crux on pockets to lots of easier climbing to some funky crux biz in a series of faint corners up high.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Nov 30, 2001
While it's gratifying to make people feel weak by downgrading all the routes they climb, I really wish you'd stop. Cold Cuts only feels like .10d if after warming up on it 100 times and getting it wired.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Dec 1, 2001
Sorry Matt. I get fed up with everyone in Rifle downgrading every freakin' climb in the canyon (unless it's their project), so I guess I was overly touchy when I saw a few suspect downgradings on this board.
I do, however, feel that you should have done some research too. I think you based your grade on the opinion of a select few people, while ignoring the consensus of the guidebook authors' research. Cold Cuts is .11a in the first guide, and I think it might even be .11b in the new one. Whichever grade is settled on, I feel that .10d is too low, especially since a nice polish has accumulated from a million ascents, and holds broke down low.
5.11 climbers tend to struggle on the route (as do stronger climbers at the beggining of the season), and there aren't too many climbers who want to downgrade it. Those who do are both way too strong to know what 5.11 feels like, and have the climb way too wired from warming up on it every single climbing day (of course it's going to feel easy then).
|By Dan Dalton|
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 24, 2007
This route now has permanent, hanging draws courtesy of a great climber from Boulder named Tony, (I forget his last name). Thanks!
From: Morrison, CO
Jun 30, 2008
Holy polish! Why do people still climb this thing??
From: Carbondale, CO
Jul 21, 2008
I gotta agree w/ Mono on this 1. Can't speak for what it may have been "back in the day", but as of now it's not that good.
|By Garrett Bales|
From: Lake City, CO
May 30, 2011
If you were to base a star rating on polish, every climb at Rifle would get half a star. This place is worse than Thailand for grease factor.