Type: Sport
FA: Francis Haden and Diana Jew (March: 2002(
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Access Issue: Crazy Horse Closed to Climbing Details


THE route at crazy horse. Head up the giant pillar in the center of the cave, follow the bolts towards the arete before making an airy traverse into a groove. Extremely 3d climbing lends itself to creative rests. Pumpy and steep climbing takes you to the anchor/belay for the second pitch. The second pitch takes a hanging traverse before breaking out into the sun. Double 60 meter ropes will allow a single rappel to a point where you can make an exposed scramble to safety.


The route heads up the giant pillar in the center of the cave. The approach is short, but complicated.

Start at the upper cave overlook. Make a short rappel from the promontory. Walk away from the main cave, taking care not to fall in the giant shaft. Head up and right through the back of the cave till you reach an arch. Two rappel bolts in the roof of the arch allow for a short rappel (about 40') to the first belay of the climb. Committing from the start.


1st pitch: 11 bolts
2nd pitch: 6 bolts


Mark SLC
Salt Lake City, UT
Mark SLC   Salt Lake City, UT
Favorite sport climb. Ever. Enough said. Aug 21, 2012
Boulder, CO
Renaud   Boulder, CO
The first pitch is by far the most outrageously steep and exposed pitch I've ever climbed at this grade. There are no hard moves on this if you make good use of all the tufas above, behind and below you :)
The grade mostly reflects the exposure and unusual 3d climbing in an inverted world.

The 2nd pitch is harder than it looks and probably technically harder than the first one, though definitely not as steep. May 31, 2016
twellman   Cambridge
Do this one! (and bring prussiks or something to ascend if you aren't solid at the grade. most falls will leave you dangling) Jan 9, 2017
Keith Neas
Yosemite, CA
Keith Neas   Yosemite, CA
Fun climb!
Little extra beta for approach: Once entering cave there isn't really a rappel necessary for getting to the main ledge 15 feet below, just easy 4th down and then up to the back left portion of the cave. Once there look right near a pit and there will be a series of ladder rungs going up and right to the rappel ledge for accessing the belay for the first pitch which is down and right. Pretty interesting approach. My partner and I thought the anchor finishing the climb was in a really poor spot, since there is a huge stance about 6 feet above it. A 70m rope makes it down for getting off the climb. Watch out to not knock off any of the precariously placed bamboo trees everywhere. Feb 7, 2017