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Fitness Cave 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8

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Always in the shade! Although the hike might not be.. very secluded. Rock is good but it does get dirty (some kind of white calcium buildup) so bring a brush... the bouldering is really really fun although nothing really tops out. The sport climbing is similar to a shorter version of the las animas wall at el salto (tufas, stalactites, jugs, etc...)

Getting There [Edit]

Getting there requires going through the mine. If the mine is active then its likely their gonna turn you away as they will not let you just stroll through an operating mine. But if its closed (which it usually is) then you walk into the mine (this can be done by going through the gate in the posada fence that runs the back of their campground or walking down towards the town and taking a right at the split) either way head to the upmost left part of the mine. There are two v-shaped features above and left of the mine, one has a huge stellar looking white wall above it, this is NOT where you wanna go! You wanna go to the ravine just left of that one. The trail doesn't see a lot of traffic (although we did just machete our way through it twice in the last week) so it sometimes a bit overgrown. Look for cairns, stay mostly in the ravine and keep your eye on the left V and you'll be fine. Long pants can be nice for the approach and then also for the dozens of kneebars that can be found in the cave.

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Ty Harlacker
Albuquerque, NM
Ty Harlacker   Albuquerque, NM
It also helps if you look at the picture in Dane's book. The canyon you ascend is pictured; it helped us find it. May 8, 2011
MAKB
Denver, CO
MAKB   Denver, CO  
We went up last week and did some trail work up to the cave. The trail is now significantly easier to follow and marked with a bunch more cairns. Mar 13, 2015
Seth Cohen
Concord, NH
Seth Cohen   Concord, NH
Some better beta for the approach, since "going through the mine" doesn't seem to be a thing. We couldn't figure out what that meant.

First, it's LONG. If you know exactly where you're going and book it, you could probably make it in an hour, but most likely it'll be more like 1:15 or 1:30. If you don't know where you're going, which is more likely, it'll take longer. Bank on two hours, seriously.

Second, it's steep. Once you get off the road (see directions below), you just hike up up up through jungle. If it's wet, it's a little treacherous. Not dangerous by any means, but not trivial.

Ok, here are some directions. From El Posada, hike out the quaint wooden archway behind the men's bathroom. The trails here are faint, and they split, and it's easy to lose your way. The best I can say is to stay left at any junction. You should eventually pop out where you can see a quarry on your right, and a dirt road. Follow the trail to the dirt road, and start following it. You'll pass a small concrete building at some point. Just follow the road until it dead ends.

When the road ends, look for a faint trail leading up. At first, the trail will be on a sort of small gravel ridge, but it becomes more defined, and cairns appear. Follow the trail into the jungle, and go up up up until it dead ends at the cliff.

You'll be rewarded with some really cool, if short, steep tufa climbing. In my opinion, it's not really worth the hike: you can find better steep climbing at Surf Bowl and Outrage Wall, both of whose approaches are much easier. I mean, I'm glad we went to check it out, but I wouldn't necessarily go back. Jan 6, 2016
Pulled the giant tufa off of Serendipity last week as I climbed past it. Climb is much harder now I imagine, perhaps Beer Belly as well, as we used it as a foot on that climb. Be careful up there. Mar 1, 2017
Echoing what Seth said, this hike is not worth it. I clocked our trip _down_ from Blubber wall to Posada at just north of an hour with no breaks and no wrong turns. The hike all the way up to Fitness Cave would take much longer. Blubber wall is nothing special and seems to be rarely climbed. I was knocking loose pebbles off the 5.9 left and right.

Just say No to Fitness Cave! Unless you're at EPC for a long stay, there are better, more accessible options. Dec 30, 2017

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