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The Lower Tier is the wall/walls immediately down-canyon of the Skull Cave. The climbing here is "slabbier" than other areas at Rifle, but the stone is an interesting blend of white and blue rock with funky spikes, swirls, and undercut bulge features that make for puzzling climbing.
Park in the two car pull-out just below (downcanyon) from the Skull Cave _this parking area is directly across the road from Merry Maids -- an obvious, left-leaning inset corner with blue and white rock -- on the Ice Cave Walls. Alternately, park at the bigger lot at the Wasteland and walk back up the road (3-5 minutes).
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The Silver Surfer 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Hawaii Five-0 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Surf Boy 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
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Eulogy 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO : Rifle Mountain Park : Lower Tier
This climb is on you the moment you step off the ground. You will encounter bouldery moves and technically thought provoking problem solving. I watched several good climbers work this out, and everyone seems to have different cruxes regardless of height and geometry... well, except for Matty. He just warmed up on it. Once you gain the lip at the top, enjoy easy climbing up the arÍte to the chains....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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