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The Cave Route 

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Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus: WI3 [details]
FA: Chris Hassig & Bob Pike
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Feb 1, 2007

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The Cave Route from a distance

Description 

Follow the gully to the right all the way, and you will find the cool unique ice of The Cave Route....
Starting out on a steep grade 3 bulge, you will gain a rest ledge and step right to easier ice.... This section is where the route gets its name, as you climb you will have rock at your back, the fatter the ice the tighter the space you are climbing in.... At the top, you step back left and tackle one more steep bulge.... There is a tree at the top with rap rings....

A very fun climb.... I'd call it a must do....


Location 

Far right climb in the gully...Hard to miss....


Protection 

Ice screws, or, if you prefer, bring some rock gear. There are opportunities for rock protection in many places on the route....



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Another view of the Cave Route... December 2007...
BETA PHOTO: Another view of the Cave Route... December 2007...
Cave Route 2/10/13 <br /> <br />I do find this climb to be a bit steeper when it's fat
Cave Route 2/10/13

I do find this climb to be a b...
Looking down the Cave Route... When the ice gets fat the wall overhanging the route gets closer and makes the climb more interesting... you can see the Whimpy-Gilman Ridge in the background to the right...
Looking down the Cave Route... When the ice gets f...
Bradley White leading Cave Route Feb. 1, 2012.  Photo taken by Ryan Barber
Bradley White leading Cave Route Feb. 1, 2012. Ph...
Dad topping out the cave route... this can be tricky sometimes...
Dad topping out the cave route... this can be tric...
The cave route in early season (a little thin but fun) condition...
The cave route in early season (a little thin but ...
cave route...
cave route...
A fat Cave Route makes for a harder (also more fun) climb as you can't really wiggle underneath the rock on the low angle ice
A fat Cave Route makes for a harder (also more fun...
Looking down the Cave Route with the Wimpy-Gilman Ridge below...
Looking down the Cave Route with the Wimpy-Gilman ...
Cave Route, Rumney, NH. March 2011
Cave Route, Rumney, NH. March 2011
My first time climbing ice... hence the bad technique
My first time climbing ice... hence the bad techni...
Ice Cave
Ice Cave
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By E thatcher
From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH)
Mar 25, 2009

Perfect #1 placement in bottom of rock fin that makes up the beginning of "the cave"

By Ted Sumers
Jun 3, 2013

i traversed left to the anchors of some sport climb at the top.

this is probably one of the most reliable lines at rumney, as it is nicely shaded by the cave...