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Anti-meridian T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Assless Chaps Extension T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Ding Dong's Crack T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Equator T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Flying Squirrel, The T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
HoneyComb Dome , The T 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Japanese Cowboy T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Little Tension Whore T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Pancakes and Raisins T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Prime Meridian T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Prospector T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sprained Ego T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Sword Ladder T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unnamed T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Warm Up, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Description

The Cave Area is located climbers right of the Cretaceous Area, it's easy to walk the base of the cliff and link these two areas in a day. The Cave approach is steeper but more direct. This has some great single pitch climbs, including Japanese Cowboy, Ding Dong's Crack, and Equator. Two wide climbs, Apple Crumble (5.8) and Pineapple Upside Crack (5.9), are surprisingly popular offwidths, next to the Lisu Ladder.

Getting There

Just after passing the split on your way out of town, having taken the right (straight) fork, immediately turn right across the concrete pad of the market area to the trail that goes up the hill behind the chicken coop. Follow this straight through a small garden and up the clearing and into the woods. From here, take the most obvious path, taking all uphill forks in the path. If you encounter an overgrown trail, you're going the wrong way. Once close to the wall, there is a branch that goes off towards Ding Dong's Crack and other routes between this and the actual Cave feature. If going to the Cave, continue along the hillside until you find a short uphill walk directly towards the Cave itself.

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Nate Ball
Portland, OR
Nate Ball   Portland, OR  
Routes from Pancakes & Raisins and right are not actually in the Cave Area at all, and are accessed by separate branches from the same approach trail.

The Cave Area itself is not very sheltered and is in direct sunlight for most of the day.

It is highly discouraged to attempt traversing the wall from the Cave Area to the Cretaceous Area unless you enjoy bushwacking and being covered in seed pods. Nov 11, 2016

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