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Routes in Pirate's Cove

As Surely as the Flower Blooms T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Black Panther S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Good, the Bad, and The Boltless (High Plains Drifter variation), The T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Indian Summer T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mutiny S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Unknown T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unnamed 5.10a T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unnamed SL 7 T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Description [Suggest Change]

Pirate's cove is only accessible for standard roped climbing when the water is down during the late fall/early winter. It houses a hand full of good lines such as Mutiny and Indian Summer.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Walk/swim climber's left from the Coliseum.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pirate's Cove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unnamed SL 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Indian Summer
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Unnamed SL 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Indian Summer
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Andrew May
Westminster, CO
Andrew May   Westminster, CO
Looks like a pretty sweet place to DWS!
Does the water ever get very warm? Jan 30, 2009
The water gets to 70 degrees. It is incredible. Feb 3, 2009
Hey Ladd, what is the current "legal" status of DWS at Summersville? Heard hefty fines being issued if caught. True? Feb 4, 2009
Yes fines are being given, if you do climb do not be caught and do not fall. if is only illegal to "jump or fall into the water from above 6 feet in height" they do not specify climbing as illegal, just falling. Feb 4, 2009
"...they do not specify climbing as illegal, just falling."

Classic. Feb 5, 2009
bring your a-game...or else. May 27, 2009
T Seas  
Just currious, has anyone heard any factual storries of climbers being fined for falling on a dws route here?

I have climbed 3 times here since the ban and have never been talked to and all the other climbers I have talked to there have not been fined or know anyone that has. We had a police boat motor by when we were climbing 2 walls down from whipporwill and they didn't even stop to watch if we fell, they just motored on by. To me it seems they are trying to stop drunk rednecks from dying as they jump off without spotting a landing. I read that 7 bodies on average were being pulled out of the water and sent to the morgue per year. Once again climbers are getting a bad rep from nonclimbing idiots.

5 years ago a drunk southern boy jumped unanounced while I was climbing by the cove, landed 1 foot from a floating log and I even warned him to spot his landings and anounce jumps in the future, the kid was too drunk or southern to understand my concern, he replied "i'll just kick it out of the way when I land, no need to wory" !!! My spotter had warned me about the log so I climbed to a ledge and was waiting for it pass when the kid splashed down.

Anyways back to the fines, any acounts of a fine issued to a falling climber, or a climber watched or talked to by the police? Jul 24, 2009
Chuck Lepley
Boulder, Colorado
Chuck Lepley   Boulder, Colorado
Any updates on fines for Deep Water Soloing here? Oct 3, 2010
Anybody know a good spot to launch a kayak near here? I know of the launch near the dam but that makes for a pretty good paddle to make it out to this cove. Jul 7, 2017
The nearest put-in to boat to Pirates Cove is at Salmon Run. Take your first possible left after crossing the Summersville Bridge going north, then take another immediate left. This road will take you down to the boat launch. Jul 8, 2017

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