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Routes in Javelina Cave and the A Frame

"O" Dyno, The V6- 7A
4 Finger Bush V1 5
A-Frame Crimps V7-8 7B
Arete, The V5 6C
Bad Pinch, Bad! V6-7 7A+ PG13
Block Pinch V1 5
Bush of Evil V5 6C
Drilled Pockets V4-5 6B+
F in A Dyno V6 7A
Guy V2-3 5+
Hueco Placebo V6 7A
Javelina Center V1-2 5
Javelina Left V6 7A PG13
Javelina Right V3-4 6A+
Lip Traverse East V0+ 4+
Little Guy V7 7A+
Maximum Value V9-10 7C+
No Pockets V8 7B
Other Warm-up V0 4
Pocket Stuffer V7 7A+
Rails, The V6 7A
Silverbell Lip Traverse V2 5+
Tage Der Schurzen V10 7C+
Underframe Traverse V7 7A+
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Shared By: mikehilbert on Dec 22, 2006
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Access Issue: This area is on private property and is closed to all climbing. Details


This upper boulder is located a 5-to-10-minute hike from the road and is at the base of the cliffs on the ridge above the road. From the lower boulders, this looks like a flat rock with no height to it at all. It is obscured by vegetation on all sides, and the A frame is around the back, but is easy to identify as you hike around the right side of the larger boulder. The A frame houses the best problem at Silverbell, The Rails (V6), as well as the drilled-pocket problems (V4-5).

Hiking around the left you will notice a large undercut. This is the Javelina cave. I have never actually seen the Javelina, but there is much evidence (crap) that they inhabit the cave.

Getting There

The largest boulder is easy to see from the lower boulders, but there is no clear trail to it. Hike away and you will get there. If you get lost in roughly 75-100 yds. then you should probably stay at home in the first place.

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Tommy Wilson
Tucson, AZ
Tommy Wilson   Tucson, AZ
The majority of problems at Silverbell ARE NOT drilled pockets. If you have been avoiding the climbing here because it is artificial, you may take solace in knowing it is almost natural (save for the glue). Apr 8, 2008
Joe Kreidel
San Antonio, TX
Joe Kreidel   San Antonio, TX
I was recently shown the beta for an old Murray traverse in the Javelina Cave. There are two versions, both starting on the far right and ending on the far left. The upper traverse is fairly difficult probably v8ish. The lower traverse eliminates some of the better holds from the upper traverse, which forces you into some pretty unique and difficult moves - including a pretty heinous serious of campus moves. This variation is AT LEAST v10, probably 12ish, but I really can't say. It is almost certainly unrepeated, though, so if anyone is looking for a challenge...

It would be pretty hard to describe the problems, but if anyone wants the rundown, I'd be happy to go out there sometime and spray down some beta. May 13, 2011

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