Spiral Staircase: 10a, 2 top anchors, 12 bolts on the route, 2 bottom anchors just above the lip to an undercut near sea level. Approx 90’ (* use a 60 M rope and the ‘stretch’ will easily get you all the way down). Rappel to the bottom anchors (photo #2), clip in (photo #3), pull the rope and climb out (photo #4). The bottom 2/3rds of the route is overhanging, so the ’leader’ should clip at least one anchor below the obvious large cave to stay close to the wall on the way down. Otherwise, you may find yourself hanging 6-7 feet away from the wall at the end of your rope. If this occurs, there is no escape unless you are extremely inventive and/or happen to be carrying some form of ascending device (tieblock, etc.) - even then it’s difficult at best. A fall into the water below is unthinkable. The route is full of pockets, edges, and frequent inventive moves. You can either climb into the cave and take the ‘spiral staircase’ back out - or take it ‘straight on’ which might increase the grade by one. The cave is large enough to go ’off rope’ and do some ’exploring’ or bouldering on unusual, very colorful flowstone (photo #5) if you‘re so inclined. A very unique experience you won't soon forget.
All titanium Tortuga bolts
Rapping down to bottom anchors.
Clipping in to bottom anchors. Note the two Tortu...
The interior of the large cave.
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