Elevation: 4,815 ft
GPS: 43.258, -112.036 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matt TeNgaio on Jun 30, 2007 with updates from Tom Holschuh
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Description

Nestled along the basalt cliffs of the Blackfoot River lies Crank Cave. Originally scouted out and developed by Chuck Odette and Dean Lords in the early 90's, the cave yielded a couple of routes and sat dormant for some time. New development began in the winter of 2006/2007 and has boosted the current route total to 10, with plans for more.

There is quite a bit of loose rock at the base of many climbs making the journey to the 1st bolt somewhat adventurous. Due to this, some routes were bolted with the intent of stick clipping the first bolt. Belayers will want to be alert for falling rocks on the newer routes as well.

The cave is climbable all year except for the winter months. Spring and fall are best but summer evenings are enjoyable too. And don't be surprised by the sound of shotguns, rednecks like to shoot trap off the cliffs downstream from the cave. Hey, it's Idaho for chissakes!

Being a newly developed area, current route ratings are merely a suggestion and are subject to change. As more people climb at the cave a more accurate consensus can be gathered, but for now the ratings are just a suggestion. Feel free to contact the route developers with rating opinions.

Note - Route developers at the cave have run into quickdraw theft, bolt hanger tampering and even anchor theft. They wish to ask climbers to be respectful of and enjoy the fixed gear at the cave.

Getting There

Crank Cave is located about 9-10 miles east of the town of Firth, ID along the Wolverine Canyon Road. When you come to the "Rattlensnake Transfer Site" sign, turn to the right. From Wolverine Canyon Rd.,drive until you can park in a short field at a recently installed fence.  Continue over the fence by a convenient green ladder and walk about a 1/4 mile down a steep but short 2-track dirt road.  From the top of the crag follow a faint trail that descends broken basalt then turn left to the base of the cave.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crank Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Bride of Crankenstein
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 8
soul power
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bride of Crankenstein
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
soul power
 8
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Tom Holschuh
Idaho Falls
Tom Holschuh   Idaho Falls
Today (5/11/18), I noticed that there is now a fence preventing vehicles from driving down the steep dirt road down to the cave. From the paved road (Wolverine Canyon Rd.), you will have to park about 1/4 mile prior to the cave in a short field. From this parking spot, you can go over the fence with a green ladder that is installed in the fence. Then walk down to Crank Cave from that point to get to the 2-track dirt road. May 11, 2018
Cole Lawrence
Missoula, Montana
Cole Lawrence   Missoula, Montana
climbing dry during rain? May 24, 2018