Rifle Mountain Park is one of America’s best sport-climbing areas, especially for harder grades. The canyon’s limestone cliffs have more than 500 established rock climbs, including some of the most difficult in America. Climbers come from all over the world to challenge themselves on the steep, gymnastic routes. But the canyon is much more than just a crucible for the sport’s elite. Rifle rock climbing also features plenty of easier fare, suitable for novices and intermediates. Looking for a dense concentration of 5.13 and 5.14 lines? Check. Or is 5.10 your limit? Check — you’ll find good routes at that level, too. No matter what grade you climb, you’ll appreciate the unique style of movement produced by the blocky limestone, with sidepulls, slopers, laybacks, and kneebars. Combine this spread of great sport climbs with easy access and amazing camping and you have one of the most convenient climbing destinations anywhere.
Rifle: A Climber’s Guide, now in its 4th edition, celebrates the climbs, climbers, natural beauty, and vibrant scene of Rifle. Learn about the flora and fauna, as well as the cast of characters responsible for the routes. Learn how to kneebar, and how to have fun falling off your project 100 times! And while you’re at it, enjoy the great photography from some of the country’s best-known shooters.
$1 from the sale of each book goes to the Rifle Climbers’ Coalition, a volunteer group that maintains Rifle bolts and anchors.
When in Rifle, be sure to check out the hot springs in nearby Glenwood Springs. Nothing like a good soak to ease weary muscles on a rest day.
by Darek Krol
304 full-color pages
- all new beta photos and new easier-to-use layout
- handy color-coded grades for quick reference
- wonderfully colorful and quirky descriptions
- over 100 new climbs since the last edition
- essays from pioneers such as Mike Pont, George Squibb, and young guns like Margo Hayes