Rifle Mountain Park has a history, reaching back to the canyon’s first sport climbs from the late 1980s and early 1990s, that played a critical role in the modern explosion of difficulty in American sport climbing, especially on overhanging stone.
In 2020, Chris Sharma established a Trick or Tree, a 5.14a deepwater solo in Spain’s Mont-Rebei Gorge. These climbers took standup paddleboards down the river looking for more climbing potential. Instead they found themselves mired in drought.
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