The Silver Surfer
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Woah! This is another new route at Rifle. That makes, let me see ..., 3 this year! The Silver Surfer climbs the long gray streak on the left side of the Hawaiian-Two-Foot Wall (between the Skull Cave and Lower Tier). The Hawaiian Two-Foot Wall gets the bests afternoon sun exposure in Rifle in the winter (12:30 p.m. till 4 p.m.). We climbed this route in t-shirts in December.
The Silver Surfer is a sustained Rifle "slab", reminiscent of Ivory Tower but with harder cruxes (one at the start, one at the top) and more sustained. The route is still a little crisp and dusty, but the rock and position are outstanding. I'll stick my neck out (OK, it's my route!) and say that with traffic it will become a classic.
What else? Take 15 quickdraws. Ha, I told you it was long.
13 bolts plus anchors. There's two quickdraws on the anchors at the moment. I'll add a fixed lowering station soon. Beware: This route is long. Your belayer will have to scramble up a few feet for you to be able to lower on a 60 meter rope.
|Comments on The Silver Surfer
|By Scott Hahn|
Jun 6, 2010
Tie a knot in the end of your rope or just use a 70m rope. This route has probably cleaned up a lot over the years. Surprisingly clean with no dust and very little if any chalk.
|By Michael Schneiter|
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Sep 15, 2011
Loved this route. Hardly a trace of chalk on it. We only had 10-15 feet left with our 70, but we belayed from the top of the stairs.
From: Carbondale, CO
Oct 29, 2011
Best of its grade that I've done in the canyon. An outstanding loooong pitch of sustained small holds & interesting sequences.