The Octopus Cave
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|Type:||Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||Greg Barnes, Bruce Bindner, 4/08|
|Page Views:||690 total · 6/month|
|Shared By:||Greg Barnes on Apr 10, 2008|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
DescriptionA wild pitch up into the deep, huge chimney left of Aquarium leads to a tunnel through to the outside. The second pitch starts up the big right-leaning corner, then transfers left to the thin crack which ends in the middle of a black face.
LocationLeft of Aquarium there's a great black hang out ledge. Scramble to the left (a 3rd class down-step) to the base of the chimney. Take the leftmost crack up 30', transfer to the middle crack (hands), take that up 20', then transfer right past a thin crack (overhung stemming) to pass the chockstone. Take the brown offwidth on the left (crux) until you can chimney through the hole to the outside. Second pitch (5.8/9) starts up the right crack for 50', then transfers left to the nice thin crack which ends in the steep black face. Rap 190' from nuts back to the black hang out ledge (you rap right past the crux of Aquarium).
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