Dan Levison on Handy Boy...
The Sapper Cave is the quiet, forested zone just up canyon from the Project Wall and includes the Sapper Cave itself and outlying routes on the vertical walls to the right and left. It is a good place to get back from the road a bit, and offers fair to classic routes in the 5.11 to 5.13 range.
Must do-routes include: Rumor Has It (11b), Cool World (11c), Right El Sapper (12b), Hand me the Canteen Boy (12d) and Cantina Boy (13a/b). Rumor Has It is one of the most popular routes at Rifle -- be ready to take a number on weekends or mornings during the summer. The super-sustained Hand me the Canteen Boy is also very popular for the grade and often has draws on it, a plus given its overhanging, traversy nature.
The rock and the hang are nice back here. This wall holds shade until about one or two during the summer and, along with the Project Wall, is a good place to spend the first half of your day.
Park at the Project Wall and walk 50 yards up canyon on the road, taking a climber's trail on the right. This trail deposits you directly under the very short Handy Boy (12b/c), a four-bolt boulder problem on the chossy right side of the cave.
If there's no parking at the Project Wall park up at Ruckman or down at the anti-Phil, but certainly NOT along the road itself.
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
15 Total Routes
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Rumor Has It 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Peleliu 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Rumor Has It 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CO
: Rifle Mountain Park
: The Sapper Cave
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 wal...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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