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BETA PHOTO: Cave Woman (5.3)
Excellent climbing with abundant placements and holds. Good route for a first trad lead.
This is the rightmost route on the main wall. Start directly under the big cave/hole halfway up the wall. To descend, follow the summit "ridge" down to the right and drop into the obvious 3rd-/4th-class gully. Beware of cacti.
Std. rack up to BD #1 or #2. Big gear (BD #2,#3, big hexes/nuts) and 20' of webbing can be used to set an anchor at the top.
Laura keeping her cool during her first trad lead!
Aug 12, 2008
I think this is the best quality of four the 'easy' climbs described by Gary Clark in this section of El Rito Trad. Don't not do it just because it is a 5.3. Especially if you are wanting an easy, beginner trad lead, it is a nice 5.3. The route follows a nice line, is not contrived, and offers lots of opportunity to learn gear placement.
|By Bill Lawry|
From: New Mexico
Jun 14, 2010
A good way to quickly find the base of the route: start at Packrat Dihedral and skirt along the base until the wall is broken by a rubble-strewn gully. Back up a bit (20 yards?) until below the 2 meter by 2 meter cave.
As indicated, the middle of the route ascends directly up from the right side of the cave. This ends at a lower right "shoulder" of the formation. We continued the pitch by ascending the ridge line 10 feet or so to the next shoulder, and then traversed leftward across the face and then up to the "head" of the formation. At the "head", there is a very nice belay location and a large attached block to wrap something long around (a cordalette may need extension with some slings). However, the above traverse is a little sparse on pro and has the bonus of a large 4 foot by 2 foot detached chunk of rock; this can be completely avoided by skirting beneath it and then straight up.
From the "head", one can make a couple downclimb moves off the back to the rubble field - easy to back up the moves with a belay both ways. The downclimb moves are no harder than any on the climb.
For return to the base after getting off the "head", bypass the gully/slot that is immediately behind the right side of the formation and instead take the next one back from that.
|By Kei Davis|
May 7, 2012
There are now a pair of bolted anchors with chains to rap off. A 60m rope will get you down *just barely*. This is also the quickest and easiest way down for Pedernal Cracks, and, reportedly, Shoes for Industry.
|By Steven Reneau|
Apr 22, 2013
To find the anchors, take a route straight up from the cave. They are not visible until you are almost there, at or just past the halfway point on a 60 m rope. If you trend right up the great looking rock above the cave you will end up on the shoulder below and right of the anchors, requiring a traverse. Fun route that can be led entirely with nuts.