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Cave Route 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Jan 30, 2008
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BETA PHOTO: Third pitch of the Cave Route.
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  • Description 

    P1: Mosey up the slab past bolts to a bolted belay on a ledge. (5.4)

    P2: Move up and left around the corner, then up a slab and a crack. Continue up and right to the bottom edge of the Lunch Ledge and belay off the trees. (5.5)

    P3: From the left side of the top of the Lunch Ledge, follow the bolted route past a roof to anchors on the Lightning Ledge. (5.5)


    On the east face, on the left face of a large right-facing corner with a large crack/chimney in it.

    Descent: either walk off from the Lightning Ledge, or rappel down onto the poor unfortunate souls below you.


    light rack required, bolts on pitches 1&3

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    Ben Schoedel Climbing the first pitch of Cave Route in icy conditions
    Ben Schoedel Climbing the first pitch of Cave Rout...
    James at the third bolt, first pitch of the Cave.
    James at the third bolt, first pitch of the Cave.
    Looking up at the first pitch of Cave Route
    BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the first pitch of Cave Route
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    By Joey Wolfe
    Jan 6, 2009
    rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a

    1st and 2nd pitch are one star, third pitch is three stars.

    By ziggy
    Nov 17, 2009

    First pitch is 5.5, 2nd Pitch is 5.3. The 3rd pitch that is described is actually called Block Route, 5.5, and it is an excellent pitch. This can be led as a sport route with significant run-outs on pitch 2 over easy terrain.

    By Mike Holley
    From: Boone, NC
    Apr 10, 2012

    Fun, easy enjoyment and a great introduction to Climbing at Table Rock!! Both Pitches take mixed protection, so bring a light rack and a couple quick draws for this one. The belayer wont be able to see the leader on the second pitch so make sure you have a loud voice or have decent means of communication!

    Climbed the first two pitches to lunch ledge free in 2 minutes and 36 seconds once! Its a fun one for easy speed ascents!

    By Walt Barker
    From: AZ
    Oct 15, 2012

    Fun route, gear everywhere.

    By Mike Best
    From: Charlotte, NC
    Nov 11, 2013

    The 3rd pitch (aka Block Route) is the best reason to climb the whole route at all, can't believe I've always just walked off after the first 2 pitches..it's about as much fun as Table Rock 5.5 can be. On P1, I'd note that the 3rd bolt hanger is missing now as it used to have 4 bolts, but there's a hard-to-spot rusted stud sticking out where it used to be and what looks like a hole where another bolt was. There's sneaky gear right near by, so maybe it doesn't need to be put back.

    By Stevie Wonder
    4 days ago

    I know this is just an easy 5.5, but for a new leader it is a great climb. Pretty easy pro using mostly bolts, generous foot placements, and lots of exposure once you get above tree level. It's not what a lot of experienced climbers are looking for, but like I said, fantastic for new leaders, or us old people who are use ta be's and not wanna be's.