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Cave Route 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Mike Sofranko on Jan 1, 2001

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Description 

Great thin hands crack route hidden behind a large block leaning against the cliff a hundred yards or so left of Battle of the Bulge. Work your feet as you jam up into the darkness, safe with the knowledge that you will indeed find a bolt anchor up there. Look around, a little creativity can aid in the struggle. Be careful when pulling the rope, or the crack will eat it. Bump this two star route up to three on a hot day.

Protection 

2 0.5 camalots, 3 0.75 camalots, 5 #2 friends, 2 #1 camalots, 1 2.5 friend


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Cave Route
Cave Route
Lance nearing the anchor.
Lance nearing the anchor.
Boulos on the cave route
Boulos on the cave route
Tom sending in the cave
Tom sending in the cave
Adam Sinner Cruising the Cave
Adam Sinner Cruising the Cave
our friend justin. pretty sick
our friend justin. pretty sick
cave cruise
cave cruise
Enjoying the shade on Cave Pitch
Enjoying the shade on Cave Pitch
pumpy layback clips!
pumpy layback clips!
Cave Route (Mark Ellefson)
Cave Route (Mark Ellefson)
another generic cave route shot.  I single-handedl...
another generic cave route shot. I single-handedl...
View from the top looking down
View from the top looking down
Look out for cave dwellers, this mean looking suck...
Look out for cave dwellers, this mean looking suck...
Ginger climbing toward the darkness, Cave Route, I...
Ginger climbing toward the darkness, Cave Route, I...
Kind of a funky photo of me belaying  Scott.  He i...
Kind of a funky photo of me belaying Scott. He i...
On a downright hot november day, this route was a ...
On a downright hot november day, this route was a ...
Zach on belay and me on the climb.
Zach on belay and me on the climb.
climbing into the darkness...
climbing into the darkness...
in the cave with my son 05
in the cave with my son 05
November snowfall in Indian Creek seen from the en...
November snowfall in Indian Creek seen from the en...

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By Ben F
From: Benfield, Kolorado
Nov 6, 2001

This beauty is great for practicing jamming in smaller sizes. You can stay on your feet, in the crack, the entire way (I have medium hands and feet). This is especially true, since its a little less than vertical. This route is about 2 stars. Since its in a "cave", it provides nice relief from the hot sun.
By Dan St. John
From: Castle Rock
Nov 19, 2001

I have larg hands; #3 Camalots is a great jam. I climbed it with 1 #0.75 Camalots and 8 #1 Camalots. The route in my opinion deserves 3 stars. No jamming for me, lay back and stemming. I could not see the anchors until I was able to stem. Despite being relatively short I was worked by the time I reached the stem rest.
By Jason Wells
Nov 29, 2001

I'd suggest going with the recommended rack at the top. The size most of the way is bad for both .75 and 1 Camalots - #2 Friends are key.

I'd also agree with Mike - jam this sucker. It's great practice for the size and other climbs where laying back is not an option.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Apr 18, 2002
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

It can be done on a single green camalot (.75) and then reds (#1) the rest of the way.

Don't ignore the no-hands stemming rests.
By C Miller
Administrator
Jan 25, 2006
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Nice climb with an interesting location - perfect for those warm days.
By SirVato
From: Boulder
Sep 18, 2007

Or rainy days!! Yeah I agree a single .75 and about 5-6 #1s will sew it up.
By Clay Rardon
From: Bartow, WV
Feb 17, 2008

I gave this route 4 stars because it's a great splitter and IT'S IN THE SHADE! It can be sandy and gritty if it hasn't seen traffic since the last storm. Even the most Creek worn hands should take heed.
By Ranchhand
From: Bend, OR
Aug 9, 2008

good warm up for those with big hands wishing to get into the 11s at the creek, in my mind its an 11 for gorilla mits, man those feet are tricky to trust, the hands are okay, but one helluvah route, never climbed in a cave before, so i give it 4 stars for its uniqueness
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Mar 30, 2009
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

This route is amazing - thin hands splitter for 80' is nice enough on it's own, add in the unique location and beautiful setting and you have a 4-star classic on your hands. I used two .75 camelots and probably 5-6 #1's the rest of the way. It does open up a bit at the top, you may feel better with a #2 on your side. How you choose to approach this thing will greatly vary your experience - I had a struggle-fest to the top leading it, but all my friends walked the damn thing just laybacking it the whole way. Can't say enough about this one, definitely do it!
By Brian Alexander
Sep 8, 2010

I have fat hands and this route was very difficult for me. I placed several 0.75 Camalots through the middle section in addition to lots of #1s. #2 Friends would have been a little more convenient but Camalots worked fine.
By martinharris
From: Glenwood Springs CO
Oct 23, 2010

dont wimp out and lie back work the ring locks and thin hands all the way up
bring lots of #1's
By Matt Hoffmann
From: Squamish
Apr 20, 2012
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Fun cramming. Beautiful red camalots the whole way, bring 2 yellows and a green (save one yellow for the top). Nice a cool in the sun in a very neat environment. Especially good for small hands people, pretty tight for me.