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In the Groove
Trad, 80 ft,
Avg: 2.3 from 21
FA: Mark Rolofson, John Mattson, 1983
Access Issue: Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014
Per Henry Lester: all the dirt roads into the climbing and camping areas are closed to motorized vehicles until July 2015 because of resource degradation.
Per Henry Lester: all the roads have been reopened as of June 2014.
This route starts with some moderate offwidth and a strenuous move over a bulge to get into a large flaring crack. From the ground, this large flare is quite deceiving as it looks like you'll be jamming and stemming up it, but, in actuality, this is a flaring chimney with the crux coming at the top of flare where the wall gets steeper and the flare opens up wider. The route finishes with some awkward hand and fist crack climbing over a right-leaning bulge.
This route is located on the northwest face of the Nautilus in a large, right-facing corner to the right of Captain Nemo. There are actually four different route in this corner, and this is the third crack from the left Rap off the Captain Nemo anchors to get down.
Mostly small pro to a #2 Camalot and a #3 and a #3.5 Camalot for the top.