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The route holds the dubious honor of being Rifle's shortest route. What's more, the clipping jug at the second bolt is often wet and the route arbitrarily ends 25 feet up at a set of hard-to-clip anchors.
Nevertheless, for being such a pile, this route has some weired sort of scruffy charm. It is on the right edge of the Handy Boy cave and climbs through the chossy looking white and black stone onto the pockets and weird tufa features.
Stick clip the first bolt or get a good spot. Continuous, bouldery moves past the wet hole (often has a sock stuffed in it) get you to the "summit."
6 quickdraws and a stick clip for bolt one.
|By Andy Mauk|
Jun 16, 2003
In the new guidebook, Handy Boy is rated 12d. But most people and myself find it easier.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Jun 17, 2003
I can not imagine why Dave uprated this thing to 12d in his new book. It's 12c and an easy one at that. Do you really think this route is as hard as Hand Me the Canteen Boy (12d)? It's not even harder than Hang 'Em High (12c).
|By Tom C|
Jun 12, 2006
In the new Rifle guidebook, this is 12d, and the FA is Matt Samet.
|By Taylor Roy|
From: Boulder, Co
Sep 17, 2008
WARNING!!! The bolt just before the two bolt anchor is looking really bad. The rock has worn away, exposing the sleeve.