Narcissus Cave Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Meat of the climb
This cave comes just before you hit the crowds of Orange Oswald. It is impressive, and huge, but unfortunately tends to seep, and the only lines that have been sent yet are along its flanks. Still, it is a great place to hang during the rain. The classic line here is Narcissus
, located on the far left of the cave, which is many a gym rat's first 5.12a. The far right side houses Deep Throat (13c) and Suicide Blonde (13b), both of which are quality lines of the grade, and great complements to the 13s of the Coliseum. Probably the first line that most people notice here is the impressively tiered roof crack that splits the deepest, steepest part of the cave. This line, which is unfortunately nearly always wet, would undoubtedly be a hard 5.14 if it ever goes free. Some quality 5.11s also flank either side of the cave as its walls become more vertical.
Weather station 2.4 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Narcissus Cave
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Narcissus Cave:
That Eight 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Smilin' Jack 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Narcissus 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Featured Route For Narcissus Cave
Narcissus 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a West Virginia
: The New River Gorge
: ... : Narcissus Cave
Description provided courtesy of Ladd Raine:A truly memorable and classic climb!Start in a short low angle dihedral that has a crack that seeps forever after it rains. Make a few moves into a no-hands rest, clip your bolt and start the pumpy section of the climb, the rest of it! Using jugs, and big crimps make the traverse quickly clipping as you go. Breathe and then get ready for the meat of the route, make a long reach off of some crimps (shorter climbers sometimes dyno, sometimes use a bad in...[more] Browse More Classics in West Virginia
By Jon Mazza
Sep 22, 2013
Does anyone know the name/grade of the roof crack in the middle? Looks 5.13/5.14
From: Akron, OH
Sep 12, 2016
The crack in the roof out of the center would probably go stout 13. I would like to clean it off as the base is mega choss, but the roof sections (where the meat of the climb is) is great and dry!
By Chris Whisenhunt
From: Fayetteville, WV
Sep 13, 2016
There's a reason why none of the local strongmen have gone out and gotten on it. Choss.