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Rumor Has It 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Richard Wright and Mark Tarrant
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Submitted By: Joe Collins on Jun 29, 2007

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Description 

By most accounts, this was the first route put up at Rifle and is, in my opinion, the best route of its grade in the Canyon. The Wright/Tarrant combo have made some great contributions (largely unsung) to the climbing community, but their "find" near a small town on the Western Slope has to be their most important. For more information, see the comments under the route Never Believe.

Looking at the Sapper Cave/Wall, there is an obvious light grey streak on the right side of the wall. The grey streak is Rumor Has It. Begin with burly lieback moves to gain a jug/ledge. These are probably the hardest moves, but the route remains pumpy and technical to the finish. Almost exactly a 30m pitch, so use at least a 60m rope.

A lot of people prefer 80 Feet of Meat of the Rifle "warm-up" routes, but given the choice, I'd take Rumor Has It anyday.


Location 

This is the rightmost route in the Sapper Cave.


Protection 

11 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor w/ lowering biners.



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By Jay Knower
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From: Campton, NH
Jul 5, 2007

This has to be one of the best 5.11s anywhere. RHI offers thought-provoking climbing up a beautiful gray streak.

By 426
Apr 20, 2008
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Tricky to onsight...keep your composure and be prepared for lots of slickness and sidepulls.

By bagwag
Oct 7, 2013

I replaced the first 2 bolts and a new anchor to Rumor Has It. The new hardware is ASCA glue-in bolts. September 2013.