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Barry gettin down to business on Cave Man.


Awesome ice routes here. This wall boasts classic lines up to three pitches. Most have bolted anchors but it is wise to bring a threader kit.

Getting There 

Approach as for Chouinards. Second Wall of ice on your left, now the first since the Bard Harrington is non-existent.

Climbing Season

For the Lee Vining Ice and Mixed area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Wall:
Main Line   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches   
Cave Man   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   
Center flow    WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 230'   
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Spiral Staircase WI3+  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Main Wall
P1 - WI3: Keep between the left end of the ice and the farthest left exposed rock section in the ice. Move diagonally right up the ice. Make screw anchor just before the steep section leading up to the cave or climb it and anchor in the cave off slings (supposedly also bolts). P2 - WI3+ Climb up just left of the cave on some exposed and rather steep ice. After reaching top it mellows out quickly. Create a natural anchor.Descent: Walk off to the left...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Mar' Himmerich
From: Santa Fe, NM
Aug 26, 2008
We used to call this Papa Bear.

I got on to this in 1986 and went too far left and just shy of the big step 50 feet from the top of the cliff. It was too warm and I got caught in a slush cul-de-sac. I was wearing AT boots, Chouinard rigids and a pair of X-tools: one arced and one with the new (too short) reverse curve pick. I couldn't get anything to stick. I flamed out and when my right crampon sheared I took a graceful head-first 80~100 footer. I didn't hit anything so when I stopped bouncing I told my partner, Bob Horton, that it was his lead.

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