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Clovis Hunter S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Cro-Magnon S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Devilution S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Erectus aka Reserectus S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Evolution S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Hominid S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hunter Gatherer S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
ILL (Ian and Lance Line) Route, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Intelligent Design S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lucy S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Mastodont S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Meanderthal S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Native Rituals S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Natural Selection S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Neanderthal S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Neolithic S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Quest for Fire S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Sapien S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Solo Man (or Homo Erectus Soloensis) S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Spearhead S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Struggle for Existence S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Supraorbital Torus S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Survival of the Fittest S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Tribal Moves (aka Sacred Stone) S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Voyage of the Beagle S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Type: Sport, 95 ft
FA: A. Miller
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Shared By: Aaron Miller on Jun 28, 2006
Admins: Shirtless Mike, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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A subspecies of Homo sapiens (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis), they had bigger brains than modern day humans and were known for their advanced use of tools and culture.

Starts in center of Cave in right-facing dihedral above the slab start, shared with Spearhead. Pull through awkward and pumpy steep climbing to a break where Spearhead goes hard right to the spear-feature, trend left. Use some good underclings out left, with a good kneebar under a softball-sized block, then up the yellow stained streak to the roof. Trend right through a large but easy roof with good holds, and easily gain the upper face with an airy ( but generously-bolted) 11+ technical crux. This climb has some of everything. Good all around climbing skills are required as you will encounter crux moves of three distinctively different flavors. Very fun and rewarding.


Between Sapien and Cro-Magnon. Climb up slabs to base of roof center, just right of large steep dihedral.


12 to 13 bolts. Use long draws for bolts under steep section to reduce drag.


Keith Beckley  
Great, yet perplexing moves into the steeps. Relaxing middle....very techy stemming finish...tough last clip.. Awesome route! Nov 19, 2011
Aaron Miller
Santa Fe, NM
Aaron Miller   Santa Fe, NM
This route now has three fixed-chain draws at the steep start. Now I don't feel so obligated to climb this route every time I see some leaver-booty, and I can climb other routes in the Cave. Sheesh. Must be lots of sport climbers climbing out of their element here. Oct 13, 2012
George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
George Perkins   The Dungeon, NM
Neanderthal's 5.11 upper thin face headwall is similar in difficulty and scariness to the upper parts of the 2 climbs to its left (Cromagnon, and, to a lesser extent, Lucy). As with Cromagnon, it's well-bolted but there's a lot of rope out by then, and it's hard for the belayer to see what's happening because of the overhang. At least 1 helpful hold broke in spring 2015 after I was done working on it, making the crux a little harder when I tried it 1 year later.

edit 2018: This is now the 2nd climb right of Cro-Magnon (a project(?) that is a direct start variation is in between). After you exit the overhanging corner, step left to stay on Neanderthal; staying straight is Spearhead (12d). Lower off the new intermediate anchor (anchor for Spearhead) if you're not feeling like doing the techy vert 11+ headwall. Jan 26, 2015

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