Elevation: 847 ft
GPS: 40.069, -82.262 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jordan Katz on Feb 28, 2020 · Updates
Admins: Courtney Curtner
Access Issue: Private Property Details

Description

Called "The Cave" for obvious reasons, this is also called the Poison Ivy Wall because there was a time when it was nothing but a wall of green. Trees of poison ivy, I do not exaggerate. Suffice it to say, I don't fuck around when it comes to unbearably itchy skin rashes, and the vines are no more. What we discovered under all those leaves of three is some of the funnest steepest sport climbing around. The Cave likely has the highest density of mid-11s anywhere in Ohio! 

Most of the routes were first bolted like RRG routes - up through the steep stuff and ignoring the slab above. Climbed that way, they are short and sweet with only a handful of bolts, but they can pack a punch!  More or less roped bouldering. A handful lines were originally conceived as going all the way to the top though, including Reach for your Dreams, not necessarily recommended for those of shorter stature, Broken Dreams, an 11d heartbreaker, Wet Dreams, which takes you up a big red crack, as well as two great trad lines. Now, extensions have been added such that 4 more short routes can also be topped out, with some very cool and quite tricky lower-angle climbing on the upper sections. The extensions are listed as separate routes, and the lower anchors are all still in place. 

Note: For routes with permadraws, please be sure to hang your own draw on the 1st bolt. Do NOT directly stickclip the perma on the 2nd. To help make cleaning easier, the last climber can clip the perma on the 2nd and then back-clean the first, thereby avoiding needing to tram to clean. As always, please never top-rope off the mussy hooks!

Some parts of the wall, particularly the cracks, will be dripping until early summer, but many of the routes on the faces between cracks will be more or less dry year round.

Think you are fit? Want to check your endurance level? Try the "Cave in a Day" challenge. The goal is to send all the short steep sport lines on the Poison Ivy Wall in a day -- that's from "Jugs for Thugs" to "Roofs for Goofs." Ten routes total. Nothing harder than 11d, but all but two of them are 11's.  Short, yes, but they are steep! PM me to have your name listed here as an official Marne Rd badass.  Up your game and time yourself! 

Ian Kirk and Jordan Katz, Sept '20, 1h46min

Jordan Katz, Nov '19, 5+ hours 

Getting There

Enter from the main access trail along Marne Rd (please don't come in behind the sewage treatment plant). As you enter, go right along the cliff line past Warmup Wall and Katz Wall until you come to the obvious large cave. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Poison Ivy Wall ("The Cave")

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Leaves of Three
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
The Basket Case
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Jugs for Thugs
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 20
Sink or Swim
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Roofs for Goofs
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Ninja Skill Called Trad
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Just Say No to Crack
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 6
Landers Last Gander
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Ivy League
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
Bush League
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
Wet Dreams
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Major League
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Don't Break It if You Can't Buy It
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Broken Dreams
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Leaves of Three
 7
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Basket Case
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Jugs for Thugs
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Sink or Swim
 20
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Roofs for Goofs
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Ninja Skill Called Trad
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Just Say No to Crack
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Landers Last Gander
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Ivy League
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Bush League
 12
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Wet Dreams
 9
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Major League
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Don't Break It if You Can't…
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Broken Dreams
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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