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|Submitted By:||Rick Shull on Oct 12, 2007|
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By Taylor Morrow
Mar 4, 2012
|Has anyone climbed here this year? i am really itching to get on some real rock and this area seams the best chance to have a nice winter climbing session. Is there anymore info on this area someone would be willing to share?|
From: cheltenham, UK, SW is the BEST
Nov 9, 2014
Marble Caves : good luck finding the trail, no-ones been here for 10yrs probably, really overgrown, bring a saw.. Awesome climbing in the 7a-7b range.
The bowling ball was easier to find.(although the 10mile post has been knocked over and was in a bush)
Just follow the gully down and then to the R to reach the base of the cliff, no disernable path and poison ivy.
Bowling ball routes are meh, dusty and not really worth it to be honest, plus randomly needing gear for routes, slightly annoying for a sport crag...
Harder routes look ok, i would probably tick all of trinity before going to the bowling ball (and then bring a wire brush and some hangers for the anchors! )
the warm up 5.10 route has no anchors (go L to"fearless leader" and dont kill the belayer with loose blocks)
Jan 3, 2015
Bummer that you had trouble finding the trail. There is actually a pretty well-defined trail to the main crag, but it is a little hard to find.
People have certainly been out there in the past 10 years, a handful of new routes went in last year. The climbing at the main crag ranges from good to ultra-classic on generally bullet limestone. I agree though, the random gear placements are kind of annoying, but that's how the majority of Humboldt climbing was originally developed.
The only thing the Caves really suffers from is lack of traffic. Five-star routes there that don't have a trace of chalk on them. That said, it's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I'm still surprised, however, that the Bay Area folks haven't picked up on any of these spots.
Haven't wandered over to the Bowling Ball yet, so can't speak to that spot.