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North Nostril Cave Rock Climbing 

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The "Nostril Cave" is a larger cave on the Northwest side of Mt. Baldy on the long stretches of granite ramps that work their way down hill. The cave consists of schist on the bottom portion and granite on the top-out. The climbing in this cave is burly and very friendly on the hands (minus Trogdor dyno). An excellent place to escape the heat during the summer!

Getting There 

The easiest way to find the cave is to walk up the Western trail that branches off from the South Seas to Luthern Camp trail. This is an obvious trail, and makes accessing the Candylands and Ivory Heights easy. Follow the trail until you are a short distance from the base of Mt. Baldy. Cut across a short and shallow "valley" (it's hardly a valley, but a gully), and you will then find the long stretches of granite ramps. Once on these walk toward the Northern tip of baldy and slightly East.

It is also easy to access the "Nostril Cave" from the main trail that ends up near the Half Dome spire on the South side of Mt. Baldy. If you get to the Half Dome spire, walk around the edge of Baldy until you encounter the aforementioned trail, then cut across the small gully onto the ramps. The "Nostril Cave" is uphill and about fifty to one hundred feet from the start of the ramps.

I'll post pictures shortly to make finding this easier.

Climbing Season

For the Mount Baldy / "old baldy" area.

Weather station 1.3 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in North Nostril Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Nostril Cave:
The Cheat   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   
Tastes Like Burning   V9 7C     Boulder   
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The "Trogdo" dyno is a HUGE dyno in the "Nostril Cave" starting at an obvious start hold travel eight feet out and three feet up to the lip at an angle of more than seventy-five degrees grabbing a good horn with the right hand and a sloper with the left, then hold on. The topout is a formality.This dyno includes a tremendous swing and is hard on the hands if you don't have it dialed, but it's still one of the funnest dynos in the midwest. A definite must do for the area. How do you grade a dy...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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