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Cave Man 


Type:  Ice, 2 pitches, 250'
Original: WI5 [details]
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Submitted By: chad umbel on Jan 28, 2008  with updates from Ian McEleney

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Cave Man 2008


Cave Man is the most difficult pure ice route in Lee Vining Canyon. It's the right-most route on the Main Wall.

The first pitch starts up a nice 50 foot stretch of off-vertical ice. There's a bolted belay (sometimes hidden behind ice) if you decide the curtain doesn't look so good after all. Otherwise head up the steep and sustained curtain. Stop at a stance with a bolted anchor just over 30m up.

Step left off the anchor and continue to the top. How far left you move before heading up will vary with conditions. Belay at another bolted anchor at just under 30m. You can either rap from here in two raps or walk off to your right past the top of Chouinards.


Main Wall.


6-8 screws and a few pins and cams if the ice is thin for the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Barry gettin down to business on Cave Man.
Barry gettin down to business on Cave Man.
Rock Climbing Photo: Caveman, showing the bolted anchors and the option...
BETA PHOTO: Caveman, showing the bolted anchors and the option...
Rock Climbing Photo: Barry racking up for Cave Man.
Barry racking up for Cave Man.

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By Rude Boy
From: San Francisco, CA
Mar 21, 2016
rating: WI5

When I climbed this flow the crux was getting from the lower slabby section onto the curtain. There was no ice in between those two parts so it made the curtain bulge out and slightly overhanging with almost no foot placements. After that it is just strait up sustained to the anchor.