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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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Tastes Like Burning V9 7C  South Dakota : The Needles Of Rushmore : ... : North Nostril Cave
Sit start at the bottom of the cave between Trogdor and The Cheat using a large undercling as your start hold. Climb straight up using cool footwork and a lot of power. You're going to want to save juice for the last few moves. Finishes with a hard throw out left to the Trogdor finishing horn.Hint: Double knee bar...[more]   Browse More Classics in South Dakota

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Nov 14, 2003

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