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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 9, 2010
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This is the cave located between the two Highway 50 tunnels. This cave had the highest concentration of extremely steep, difficult routes in the Tahoe area at the time. Dan Osman put in a stone floor and cleaned the place up, moving rocks to make belay seats and just making it a nicer enviorment than before. This was a bad thing in the eyes of The Washoe People and soon led to the closeure.
Dano was praised by climbers for his efforts.
The first routes were done here in 1989, with the ascents of "Pigeon Hole" (5.12b), "Pipeline" (5.12b), and "Underground" (5.12a). !990 and 1991 saw an explosion of new activity with the addition of "Tahiti" (5.11d), "Port of Entry" (5.12a), "Cave Man" (5.12a), "Cave Man Direct" (5.13a), "Psycho Monkey" (5.13b), "Phantom Lord" (5.13c/d), "Shut up and Climb" (5.12d), "Pumping Andesite" (5.13a), "Concave" (5.12d), "Asylum" (5.12a), "Bone Crusher" (5.12c), "Coppertone" (5.12a/b), "Sea and Ski" (5.12a/b), "Slayer" (5.13d), "Trash Dog" (5.11c/d), "Fiji" (5.12b/c), "Bat out of Hell" (5.12b) and "Fire in the Hole" (5.12b).
The bolts are now gone. An era of exploration, erased!

Getting There 

From Stateline/South Shore, take Highway 50 north, past Zeypher Cove. After a few miles Cave Rock will come into view. Shortly before the rock itself will be State Park parking on the left. A fee is charged.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Crawford on "Cave Man".

Cave Man 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Nevada : Lake Tahoe : ... : Main Cave
This started to the right of "Fire in the Hole" and went up low angle, 3rd class and climbed past seven bolts to the "Tahiti" ect. anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Rock Climbing Photo: Main Cave 1990, before the floor. Photo by Blitzo.
Main Cave 1990, before the floor. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan Osman catching big air. Photo by Blitzo.
Dan Osman catching big air. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Sep 24, 2011
A reminder of how delicate access really is. A group that deems itself the owner of a swath of land can decide that a particular activity is unacceptable at any time. Tread lightly.

"How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? "~Guy named Ted Perry making up a speech never actually said by Chief Seattle

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