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Cave Route 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Chuck Parks on Jan 30, 2008

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P1: Mosey up the slab past bolts to a bolted belay on a ledge. (5.4)

P2: Move up and left around the corner, then up a slab and a crack. Continue up and right to the bottom edge of the Lunch Ledge and belay off the trees. (5.5)

P3: From the left side of the top of the Lunch Ledge, follow the bolted route past a roof to anchors on the Lightning Ledge. (5.5) This pitch used to be known as the Block Route.


On the east face, on the left face of a large right-facing corner with a large crack/chimney in it.

Descent: either walk off from the Lightning Ledge, or rappel down onto the poor unfortunate souls below you.


light rack required, bolts on pitches 1&3

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Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Cave Route. Some rope drag for top ...
BETA PHOTO: First pitch of Cave Route. Some rope drag for top ...
Rock Climbing Photo: P1
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Cave Route.
First pitch of Cave Route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the first pitch of Cave Route
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at the first pitch of Cave Route
Rock Climbing Photo: Third pitch of the Cave Route.
BETA PHOTO: Third pitch of the Cave Route.
Rock Climbing Photo: James at the third bolt, first pitch of the Cave.
James at the third bolt, first pitch of the Cave.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Schoedel Climbing the first pitch of Cave Rout...
Ben Schoedel Climbing the first pitch of Cave Rout...

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By Joey Wolfe
Jan 6, 2009
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

1st and 2nd pitch are one star, third pitch is three stars.
By ziggy
Nov 17, 2009

First pitch is 5.5, 2nd Pitch is 5.3. The 3rd pitch that is described is actually called Block Route, 5.5, and it is an excellent pitch. This can be led as a sport route with significant run-outs on pitch 2 over easy terrain.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Apr 10, 2012

Fun, easy enjoyment and a great introduction to Climbing at Table Rock!! Both Pitches take mixed protection, so bring a light rack and a couple quick draws for this one. The belayer wont be able to see the leader on the second pitch so make sure you have a loud voice or have decent means of communication!

Climbed the first two pitches to lunch ledge free in 2 minutes and 36 seconds once! Its a fun one for easy speed ascents!
By Walt Barker
From: Reno NV
Oct 15, 2012

Fun route, gear everywhere.
By M Best
Nov 11, 2013

The 3rd pitch (aka Block Route) is the best reason to climb the whole route at all, can't believe I've always just walked off after the first 2's about as much fun as Table Rock 5.5 can be. On P1, I'd note that the 3rd bolt hanger is missing now as it used to have 4 bolts, but there's a hard-to-spot rusted stud sticking out where it used to be and what looks like a hole where another bolt was. There's sneaky gear right near by, so maybe it doesn't need to be put back.
By Stevie Wonder
Apr 13, 2014

I know this is just an easy 5.5, but for a new leader it is a great climb. Pretty easy pro using mostly bolts, generous foot placements, and lots of exposure once you get above tree level. It's not what a lot of experienced climbers are looking for, but like I said, fantastic for new leaders, or us old people who are use ta be's and not wanna be's.
By Cody Ashe
From: Brevard
Jul 16, 2014

Did the third pitch after finishing up Jim Dandy. I really enjoyed this pitch. Cant wait to do it again.
By Preston Moore
Sep 3, 2014

If you're particularly safety-concious expect to rope up for the "walk off" (you're actually working your way to the top of Table Rock) of the lightning ledge. There are several sections with easy moves that could have deadly consequences if you mess them up. There are bolts placed to protect these moves but I get the sense that most people go unroped.
By Austin Howell
From: Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 12, 2014

P1 & 2 can be linked easily with a 70, especially if you run it out to reduce drag, but I wouldn't miss the view from P1 for anything. The trees block the landscape on the ledge, less dramatic.

Also, Lunch ledge wasn't terribly charred this past weekend (October 2014), it seems the soot has mostly washed away at this point. I wouldn't call it clean, but it didn't detract from the experience.
By MDCS Carter
Jun 28, 2015
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Great route for beginning leaders or leaders returning to the sport after a long hiatus. Protection is plentiful and the first two pitches are a perfect warm up for the third pitch, which is the highlight. Bring gear for the second pitch. Medium nuts and a set of tricams would be enough.
By David Gunnells
Jul 28, 2016

Where was the "cave"? Great route, but odd name....
By Scott Phil
From: NC
Jul 30, 2016

The "cave" is the alcove-like area to the right of the first belay ledge.
By Russ Keane
Apr 5, 2017

The first pitch is 5.3, the second is 5.2. Not sure about the third.
By Scott Phil
From: NC
Apr 6, 2017

The third pitch (Block Route) is generally regarded as 5.5. It is steeper than the first two pitches, with great holds and solid pro.
Getting around the block may seem hard after walking up the first two pitches, but everything you need is there.

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