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Guidelines and rules concerning new routes
• We are limited to 20 new routes per year, so quality control is paramount. New routes should be aesthetic independent lines on good rock. No fillers. No bad routes. Before you submit a permit ask yourself: Will this route be a quality addition to the climbing at Rifle?
• If you get a permit to bolt a new route, you must bolt it with proper high quality hardware manufactured for rock climbing. As of 2016, RCC only approves stainless climbing industry bolts at least 2.75" long.
• If your line gets significant seepage, you may be required to bolt it with glue-in bolts. The RCC will provide guidelines if this is the case.
• It's very important that new routes are equipped and cleaned so they are safe for climbers. The Rifle Mountain Park is not an adventure crag. Any injuries to climbers because of dangerous routes could affect access to climbing in the canyon. In particular, no high first bolts should be installed (stick clips should not be needed). Run-outs can exist only where the fall is clean and the run-out is in character with the climbing. Be very aware of freeze-thaw erosion - a hollow hold that can be pulled on this year, may become a time bomb waiting to hurt someone after a winter of freeze thaw. If you are in doubt about the integrity of a hold - remove it.
• We want to keep rules and beaucracy to a minimum - that's not what climbing is about. However, we also need to ensure access to this wonderful area. Thank you for following and understanding the need for the process described above.
• Existing 'open or abandonned projects' (fully bolted lines or partially started routes for which no one claims ownership and does not do any work on) don't need new permits. Check with RCC Board about the project 'ownership' acquisition.
New Route Permit Application - process
Current Year Permit Status (max # of permits per year = 20)
In-progress and OPEN projects from past years