Elevation: 6,500 ft
GPS: 45.388, -116.435 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Ketchum on Jul 29, 2014 · Updates
Admins: Eric Bluemn, Mike Engle

Description

This huge limestone cave looks like a crag out of an area that you may have... well, heard of before. The Amphitheater accounts for Riggins' hardest collection of climbs, including numerous 5.13+'s and a climb called Power Tube, originally bolted by Jeff Landers in the 90's. Mike McClure moved a few bolts in 2006 and the FA was Johnny G. in 2006.

According to Sandy Epeldi's guidebook, there might be projects yet to be completed. Expect super long, endurance intensive routes through the ceiling and headwall of the cave. The Amphitheater faces northwest and stays shady until late afternoon.

Getting There

The Amphitheater is located just off a spur road just before mile-marker 9. At the corner of a switchback, there will be a parking spot for about 2 cars across from the entrance to the spur road. Unload here and follow the road for about ten yards before turning right downhill onto an unmarked, unmaintained footpath. From here, the directions get a bit tricky- follow the inconspicuous trail for about 100 yards until it appears to be obscured by cattle trails. Continue past this point, trending left, towards the top of the saddle. On your left side, you should notice an obvious cliff band starting to form as you walk north. The trail continues just before the first cliffs, trending left down through the forest. If you find yourself looking over a cliff, you've gone too far. The trail is easy to follow through the forest and leads you to a fixed rope down a steepish scramble towards the Amphitheater. There are two fixed ropes- by the time you reach the second, you will have almost fully descended to the mouth of the crag. The first climb you'll see should be Rug Burns- an .11c on the rightmost side of The Amphitheater. The whole approach should take no more than 15 minutes (fewer if you don't take any wrong turns). The fixed ropes aid an otherwise 4th class scramble down to the crag.

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Routes Mostly Face: Northwest
Sunny Roughly 3pm to 7pm during high season
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Details: Goes into the sun around 2, evenings are amazing with a breeze after the sun goes down over the ridge.

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