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Project Wall 

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Finishing the first roof.
Defenseless Betty (5.12a...


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).

Getting There 

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.

There is room for three cars in the small pull-out below Apocalypse, otherwise park at the Anti-Phil pull-out just downstream or up at Ruckman Cave and walk. Keep your dogs leashed while you climb here lest they end up as road pizza.

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26 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Project Wall:
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   
Mouse Trap   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 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'   
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   
Sometimes Always   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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Over the roof and up the gray steak to the chains. Defenseless Betty (5.12a).

Defenseless Betty 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : Project Wall
Defenseless Betty is another great Project Wall route. Stiff for the grade, it is all of 11d. Work up through the overhang just left of Hang 'Em High, climbing through the low roofs. Finish up the steep groove on great stone. It has technical moves to the end....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Martin Lama
Jun 18, 2003

I spent 5 weeks at Rifle in 1995, and on rest days with Tony Berlier and a shovel we bought from the op shop in town, built the retaining wall along the base of this wall. I was just curious if this was still there and being used.

By Andy Mauk
Jun 10, 2004

There is a new route to the very right on the project wall and I heard it was bolted last winter and is rated 5.12a. I was wondering if anyone knew the name of this route?

By Jonathan Groppenbacher
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 25, 2005

In the new Evolv poster of Chris Lindner on The Eighth Day, you can see it just to the right of where the 8th Day begins. I was curious myself.