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Fresh Loaf S 
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Lolanator S 
Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones S 
Path, The S 
Pollinator, The S 
Pretty Hate Machine S 
Pump-O-Rama S 
Rendezspew S 
Salty S 
Slagissimo S 
Smarmacus Maximus S 
Sprayathon S 
Spurt-a-tron S 
Squeal Like A Pig S 
Turtle Power S 
Use It Or Lose It S 
Vitamin D S 
Vitamin H S 

The Arsenal  


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Description 

The Arsenal is a thug's paradise, and with its park-at-the-base of-the-routes approach represents the finest in convenience sport climbing. While seemingly a total pile upon first glance, this enormous cave is actually very solid -- riddled with cracks, pockets and large blocky pinches that make the super-overhanging routes viable in the 5.12-5.13+ grade range. Many of the routes have succumbed to kneebar technology yet all are long and pumpy (The Colinator, the cave's longest and hardest line, has around 18 bolts of 30-35 degree overhanging climbing).

This is a good evening area, though in the summer the air can be a bit still and buggy at this end of the canyon, turning jugs into slopers and kneebars into torture. Nevertheless, this is one of the best "work-out" crags around -- the holds are big, kind, and the in-situ chain link draws make for a totally low-hassle experience.

Must-do's include: The Pollinator (12a), Debaser (12d), Pump-O-Rama (12d/13a), Sprayathon (13b/c), Slagissimo (12c/d) and Pretty Hate Machine (12c).

Getting There 

Drive into Rifle Canyon. The Arsenal is about a mile up from the mouth of the Canyon on the left. You can't miss it. It's the huge cave on the left side of the road with the long-ass chain-link draws hanging from half the routes. Park either in the cave or back down the road at a designated pull-out next to the river (on the right going up canyon).

Climbing Season



Weather station 13.8 miles from here

27 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Arsenal:
Lolanator   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pretty Hate Machine   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Vitamin D   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Slagissimo   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Debaser   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Vitamin H   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Das Fruit Machine   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pump-O-Rama   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Rendezspew   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Sprayathon   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Path   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Colinator   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Juggy fun: turning the lip of the cave. Photo by Roy White

Pump-O-Rama 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : The Arsenal
Pump-o-Rama climbs straight out the imposing middle of the Arsenal and is one of the steepest, longest cave routes in the Canyon. Besides a funky kneebar crux at mid-height, this route is a total jug haul, albeit a very strenuous one at a consistently roofy angle. But the holds are great -- giant underclings, incut rails, slopers, jug huecos and even a crimp or two -- and the climbing stays with you all the way to the anchor.This route can be recognized by its position in the very center of the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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