Street Knowledge was one of the first routes at Rifle and as such is now one of the most polished. This may also be due to the fact that the route sees zero water because of a 6-foot roof above the anchors.
It is two routes right of Choss Family -- basically the 3rd route from the left in the cave proper, and can be recognized by a chossy start that gives way to nice pocketed stone before ending below the roof at double cold-shuts.
Many holds have fallen off in the choss band between the first and second bolts, making it quite hard to make the 2nd clip. Use a stick if you're not sure. This route is quite bouldery and sustained, with one good rest below the last bolt to prime your fingers for a series of crimpy exit moves (these can be avoided by moving right on sinker pockets, dropping the grade to 12a).
While not especially aesthetic, this route has fun moves and some of the cooler pocket climbing to be found in the canyon. Enjoy.
Resting before the crux.
Jamie throwin down street knowledge.
Cranking through the crux.
Low on Street Knowledge.
|By Richard M. Wright|
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 13, 2001
This is an interesting anecdote. I had gone up S.K. and was descending by rappel, pulling gear as I rapped. Near the middle of the steepest part of the cave, I reached in to pull the draw. The entire bolt slipped out of the rock - still attached to my draw. The route does indeed see little water washing over its surface, however, don't be fooled. Most of the rock in Rifle is extremely porous limestone and can contain a very high water content, so much so that the bolts can sometimes pull out with little more than a light tug. I had just climbed past that bolt.
Jun 6, 2003
Though I agree with some of the description of street knowledge some of it I feel to be false. The second clip is really easy to make if you clip from the jug after the undercling (the first clip is another story however). Also, there are plenty of jugs to shake out on, but it is a nicely sustained climb. Also, I did both ways to the top( the direct and going out right), and I found neither of them more easy or harder. The long way pumps you out more and has a bigger fall (adds some mental block climbing) though the direct route is on smaller holds it is less moves and better visible feet. So, I think that both ways are 12b. Pat.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Jul 1, 2003
No, no, no, no, no, no! The very fun route that goes by the name "Street Knowledge" is 12b if and only if you continue straight up. The right exit isn't anywhere close to being as fun as the straight up way.
|By richard magill|
Aug 19, 2004
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b
Great line - definitely deserves 2 stars, maybe even 3!
|By Jay Knower|
From: Plymouth, NH
Jul 5, 2007
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b
I have never understood the infatuation with this route. I climbs bad rock (ala Choss Family) for a short way, and is basically an eliminate given the many options at the top. I have climbed it many times and each time, I come down and think to myself: what did I do that for?
|By Jay Samuelson|
From: Denver CO
May 19, 2009
Fun route. Good holds with long moves. Definitely not better than pinchfest though.