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The Project Wall is Rifle's most public crag, sitting literally 5 feet off the road at one of the deepest, narrowest bends in the canyon. If you don't mind a bit of road noise, gawking tourists and occasional crowding on the "warm-ups" then this wall, which towers a whopping 200+ feet above the road, is well worth a visit. Most the of the climbs tackle direct (straight-up) lines on blue and grey water streaks, while a central cave offers some of the steepest and hardest routes in Rifle. Don't miss classics include: Rehabilitator (11c), Defenseless Betty (12a), Hang 'Em High (12b), Apocalypse '91 (13b), The Eighth Day (13a) and Simply Read (13d).
The Project Wall sits about two miles up the canyon on the right and is hard to miss. It is as roadside as Rifle gets.
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Fist Full of Dollars 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Rehabilitator 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Defenseless Betty 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Irie Meditation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Hang 'Em High 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Hang 'Em Higher 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Top Feeder 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 140'
Mouse Trap 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
The Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Jesus) 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 2 pitches
Apocalypse '91 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch
Strange Ranger 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Living in Fear 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, Chipped, 1 pitch
Simply Read 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch
Present Tense 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
The Gay Science 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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The Eighth Day (aka MC 900 FT Jesus) 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO : Rifle Mountain Park : Project Wall
I have waffled a long time about posting this route. In the final analysis, we invest a great deal of ourselves in climbing and a great deal in the creation of routes. For this reason, it seems important to place this route in the public domain once again. MC 900 ft Jesus (this is not Mark's name) climbs the imposing grey streak on the right side of the Project Wall. It's far from the hardest route in the canyon. It is mostly vertical and has a lot of thin edges or semi-pockets with some big r...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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