Narrows DWS Bouldering
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A few stunning granite walls overhang deep pools near the Twilight Crag.
The season is short as water levels change quickly and dictate the safety of the routes.
Typically, the summer months are the best time to go. It is essential to always check the water depth before attempting climbs.
Use extreme caution while crossing the river. There are Class 3+ rapids beneath the Hell or High Water Wall. You can get swept away if you are not careful.
A rope is necessary to access the climbs on The Nautilus Wall, unless you decide to swim into the cave from across the river.
Park either at Snake Eyes Wall or the pulloff a few hundred meters further up canyon which is right before The Beach.
Hell or High Water and Nautilus Walls are visible across the river from the parking.
Getting to the climbs can be an involved process. The easiest option is bringing a dry bag for your gear and swimming across the river at Hell or High Water.
Another option is setting up a tyrolean above the rapids by swimming one end of the rope across. You must set the tyrolean up high enough that there is no possibility of interfering with boaters. This section is frequented by kayakers and rafters. Make sure to take the tyrolean down when you are finished -- never leave it up overnight.
It is also possible to throw gear across the river and then swim as long as your pack isn't too heavy.
The final option is walking across the river upstream behind the guard rail. This allows you to hike to the walls, but it requires careful route finding in order to avoid getting cliffed out or ending up on dangerous slabs. It is best to trend up high until you are a few hundred feet above the river and follow the grassier sections until you are directly above Hell or High Water. From here, head straight down until the top of the climb. The Nautilus Wall will be directly upstream to your left. The hike is likely the most heinous method to get there.
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