Rifle Canyon, Colorado is emerging as one of the best hidden gems of sport climbing in the United States. This two-mile canyon boasts hundreds of limestone routes, beautiful views and short approaches. Rifle also maintains quite the reputation and is a dream destination for many sport climbers.
The Chicks Rifle Clinic has been added to the Chicks Climbing’s repertoire because the area is creating a buzz in the climbing community and women want the chance to master this tricky limestone. “Rifle has a technique that is very specific to climbing on this type of limestone. What makes it great for Chicks is that, once learned, these techniques are extremely transferrable,” explains Dawn Glanc, Girly Guide at Chicks Climbing who developed the Rifle Clinic.
“Spending several days focusing on a few specific techniques means that you are more equipped to efficiently move through problems on routes in your home crag. For example, at the Rifle Clinic, we will be working on overhanging routes that are not full of jugs. Clinic participants can then transfer that skill to easily pull overhanging roofs common in a variety of climbing areas,” explains Dawn. In addition, Chicks participants will be working on the ultimate transferrable skill, mental training – facing intimating routes, breaking them down and ending the day with a feeling of success.
While Rifle has a reputation of being an intimidating climbing area that humbles even your most aggressive sport climbers (see Climbing Magazines blog), there is also a lot of route development happening in the canyon that allows a wider variety of climbers to visit, but beware, that reputation was earned and climbers can’t just waltz in and expect to climb at the same grade as other places. “Rifle has a technique that is very specific to climbing on this type of greasy limestone. In the clinic, we will spend hours working on enhancing skills for sidepulls, open handed slopers, tiny crimps, underclings and a variety of other oppositional climbing techniques,” explains Dawn. “You won’t believe how this clinic will improve your foot technique! You’ll be climbing a grade harder when you leave and possess the confidence to continue climbing at several areas similar to Rifle and push your lead grade at your favorite crag.”
For more information:
Check out new routes at the Rifle Climbers Coalition website.
Rifle Mountain Park Guidebook by Dave Pegg