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Narcissus Cave

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Narcissus Cave Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.24223, -80.83945 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: camhead on Jul 6, 2007
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

Continue past The Long Wall and The Satisfaction Wall and you will reach the Narcissus Cave just before reaching Orange Oswald Wall.

Climbing Season



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]
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Classic Climbing Routes in Narcissus Cave

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'   
Jeff's Bunny Hop    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Sniff the Drill   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Smilin' Jack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Simple Minds   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   
Narcissus   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Narcissus Direct   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
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Featured Route For Narcissus Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: the direct start is V5+ ish

Narcissus Direct 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Narcissus Cave
Start on the pockets immediately left of the short dihedral start of Narcissus, work the sequetial pocket moves up to the middle of the traverse of Narcissus. Then, 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 intermediate), then grab the big rounded lip, traverse out onto the arete bear hug it and get up a heel, make the...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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Rock Climbing Photo: Great Lead climb !!
Great Lead climb !!
Rock Climbing Photo: Great scenery.
Great scenery.
Rock Climbing Photo: Messn round
Messn round

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By Jon Mazza
From: NJ
Sep 22, 2013
Does anyone know the name/grade of the roof crack in the middle? Looks 5.13/5.14
By GummyFuss
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
Administrator
From: Fayetteville, WV
Sep 13, 2016
There's a reason why none of the local strongmen have gone out and gotten on it. Choss.