The Nautilus Cave Pitch
Avg: 2.9 from 39 votes
|Type:||Trad, TR, 40 ft|
|FA:||back when people didn't report short routes|
|Page Views:||4,369 total · 23/month|
|Shared By:||Ken Trout on Nov 4, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
This could be the best single pitch of five-ten overhung pocket pulling found close to the city of Denver. The Nautilus Cave @ Morrison is a convenient opportunity for endurance training and dynamic movement - climbable year-round (morning shade).
This is not a sport route!
Tricky gear placing is mandatory for protecting the upper half.
Also, the first bolt is way up....
It is not a beginner's 5.10 either!
The Nautilus Cave is a sandbag with slippery footholds.
Matt Lloyd cuts his feet loose!
Whose inner-orangutan can resist?!
World famous Red Rocks Amphitheater is on the foothills just right of the setting sun (photo above). Great blue herons and bald eagles sometimes cruise by.
GEAR BETATop ropers: approach from climber's right with some 3rd classing up a steep but juggy corner. A long draw is nice to back yourself up while you thread etc.
Sport pros: begin with three bolts that protect the crux. Use finger-sized cams and RPs for finishing. Also, a small cam behind a flake can protect the final move up to the first bolt (tricky to key into the best spot).
Trad Style: at the crux, there is a thin crack that leans right.
Small Aliens and medium to large RPs can be strenuously placed. It's been bouldered/soloed a lot too.