REI Community
Main Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Cave Man 
Center flow  
Fischer King, The 
Main Line 
Spiral Staircase 

Main Wall Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 37.94178, -119.2246 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 3,087
Administrators: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: chad umbel on Jan 28, 2008

35° | 23°

38° | 27°

42° | 29°

48° | 29°

49° | 30°

52° | 34°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
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'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Main Wall

Featured Route For Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Barry racking up for Cave Man.

Cave Man WI5  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Main Wall
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 ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Comments on Main Wall Add Comment
Show which comments
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.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About