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Good Times

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

Old Friends

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The Rifleman 5.12b (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Jamie Baker, Jim Link in 1990
Length: 75ft
Bolts: 8 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This bolted route begins just left of Good Times. Begin by climbing a layback flake then follow the bolts left onto the face. Continue up the crimpy and sequential face to a good rest on a ledge just beneath the final two bolts. Fire when ready.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS
sharp (1) bouldery (1)
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3.97 stars (30 votes)
Grade Consensus
5.12b (20 votes)

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 18th, 2005


bberlier said on May 9th, 2003
Awesome, deserves ***!
Horatio Felacio said on May 12th, 2003
this route sucks bad. deserves no stars. seriously. - matt
Power2U said on June 23rd, 2003
Sorry, HF I agree with bberlier this route kicks ass and deserves 3 stars.
Horatio Felacio said on June 29th, 2003
no, i really don't think it does. a one move wonder at the anchors. i guess if you like mule dicks covered in snot then it deserves 3 stars. if you like good routes, however, do something else.
Stewy911 said on February 7th, 2005
run out to the 3rd bolt!
pigsteak said on October 31st, 2005
anyreason every hanger on the entire route spins?
Anonymous said on May 1st, 2006
Yep, got on it this weekend and EVERY hanger on this route does spin. Great route though.
Anonymous said on April 6th, 2011
This route is good. and a very proud lead. Even prouder onsite. God I love this climb. Every move is fun and spicy.
dustonian said on May 24th, 2011
totally bitchin' & atypical for the Red
neverstopmoving said on October 15th, 2013
Deserves more stars than 3. Pretty atypical for the red. Enjoyable movement throughout the climb. The bolting is pretty funky, good runouts, and clipping the final bolt mid crux is rough. But it makes the entire route exciting. Really ought to be a higher star route.
Mr_Funky_Shot said on June 10th, 2015
Lots of spinners on this one (including one of the anchor bolts). If you want to hop on this one take some tools!
Anonymous said on June 10th, 2015
These bolts are way too rusty to be tightened down safely, don't bother with the wrench.
Anonymous said on June 10th, 2015
And please, don't bring anymore tools to the crag. There's enough already.
monty4355 said on November 14th, 2016
the right anchor bolt was lose in the hole. Pretty spicy from bolt 3->4.
Brentucky said on March 6th, 2017
Whoever did what you did; thank you thank you thank you! This route is rad and was definitely getting dangerous as it was before. The only downside is I have no more excuse for being unable or unwilling to try and send it.
Anonymous said on March 7th, 2017
Buy Will Sweeney and Brian Webb a beer for the work, and continue to support FGI for the hardware. Now go send it weaksauce.
Anonymous said on April 5th, 2017
really tough crux. thought it was harder than OJ, just by way of a comparison to a route w/ a similar style.
Nate W said on November 15th, 2021
Thanks for the rebolt. The new location for the last bolt makes this route much more appealing.
njclimber said on November 25th, 2021
Is this as sandbagged as soul ram? What other routes would you compare this to?
Cocoapuffs1000 said on November 25th, 2021
IMO the crux is harder than any move on Soul Ram, but it is much less sustained.
chandler said on November 25th, 2021
Not too run out. Very defined crux. Rest of the route has some terrific moves too.