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The Black Pearl Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Black Pearl lies on the southwest port of Tortuga and is recognized by some boulders balancing on it and its neighboring boulders.

Getting There 

Go to the cove and head north for 100 feet.

Also, per Jon Roberts: find The Cove first, then, as you face it with Gilligan's Island behind you, follow the gully on the right of The Cove. There is a faint trail that leads to a large formation behind The Cove. Trend left and skirt the edge of the formation. You'll find The Black Pearl block around a couple of corners, it faces North.

Climbing Season

For the Alderfer/Three Sisters Park area.

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Black Pearl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Black Pearl:
Mr. Gibbs   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
The Pearl   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 16'   
Anteater   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 15'   
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Anteater Direct V10-11 8A  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : The Black Pearl
The start is the same as "The Pearl." Instead of pulling onto the slab face and using a nice crimp to gain the upper arete, continue directly under the belly of the steep arete to the finish. Sorry folks, pulling onto the slab at any point does not count for the free ascent of this line. Good luck and happy sending!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Jon Roberts
Apr 4, 2010
I had trouble finding this, so I thought I'd supplement the location description....

Find The Cove first, then, as you face it with Gilligan's Island behind you, follow the gully on the right of The Cove. There is a faint trail that leads to a large formation behind The Cove. Trend left and skirt the edge of the formation. You'll find The Black Pearl block around a couple of corners, it faces North.

Also, if I can weigh in on the Anteater vs Pearl vs Anteater Direct debate: Since the arete is so striking, the first thing I wanted to do was Anteater. However, pulling onto the slab and climbing the Pearl is much easier. Later, I came back and sent Anteater and found it to climb very well. I think either way you go, you have to contrive the other to be off...either you escape the gorgeous arete by climbing onto the Pearl or off-route the slab finish to go for Anteater. Thank god they both climb beautifully! As for Anteater Direct, you REALLY have to off-route the slab. Since I don't do V11, this was out of the question. I must say it doesn't look as fun as the other variants.

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