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Clamshell Cave 


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Submitted By: ScottH on Oct 6, 2006
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Description 

Clamshell Cave hosts a variety of moderate climbs, including some enjoyable moderate cracks. Most of the lines are either trad lines or require trad gear. It is easily possible to toprope most of the lines by scrambling around the right side of the crag. Most routes end at bolted anchors. The hangers on the anchors seem to come and go, a definite nuisance since options for gear at the top of the crag aren't great. Be prepared to use the anchor on a neighboring route.


Getting There 

Park 5.4 miles up Icicle creek canyon and look for a trail on the north side of the road. A well travelled and sometimes braided trail reaches the base of the crag in 10-15 minutes.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clamshell Cave:
Clamshell Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Noisy Oyster   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 70'   
5.8 Cube Crack   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 20'   
Forty-Four Fifty   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 70'   
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5.8 Cube Crack 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c  WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Clamshell Cave
Nice, clean crack, only wish it was 4x the length. Crux is right off the deck with a tricky entrance move. Overall, the crack is hand-sized and takes feet well, although there are adequate face features for hands and feet as well. Note, old guidebook called this 5.7, but the 2003 version up-rated it to 5.8. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By ScottH
Jun 21, 2007

The anchors on this crag have hangers, but (strangely) no quicklinks for lowering. I have seen ropes get stuck when people attempt to pull them after rappelling, necessitating a hike around to the top of the crag. If anyone is so inclined, adding quicklinks to the anchors would be a nice improvement to the area.