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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.
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.
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
26 Total Routes
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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
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Simply Read 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a CO
: Rifle Mountain Park
: Project Wall
This line defines the term "directissima," and were it vertical instead of 40 degrees overhanging, would be the proverbial, Comici-esque path which a drop of water would follow from the cliff's summit to the base of the wall.Simply Read climbs out the center of the cave sector on the Project Wall directly above the parking area. It tackles an ultra-steep line on porcelain-hard white stone and can be recognized by a highly-chalked boulder problem start in the opening cave.This line was originally...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
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.