Climbing in Rifle will seriously challenge your problem-solving abilities. The area is absolutely beautiful and the atmosphere is pulsating, but the routes are not easy. They are long and the terrain quickly changes from flat holds to pockets and weird pinches. Some routes have been so popular over the years that they have become greasier, increasing the risk for slipping. The most popular walls are The Wasteland, the towering Anti-Phil Wall and The Arsenal, which is extremely steep. Intermediate or new climbers might have an easier time somewhere else.