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Pirate's Cove 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 550', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Wayne Roy and Shannon Stegg 2007
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Submitted By: BirminghamBen on Sep 6, 2008

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The look down half way up P4 to the belay at the t...


P1: First pitch of Groover. 5.7, 120'

P2: Climb left and up a shallow water groove/track on thin features, over bolts, to a bolted belay. 5.9, 180'

P2: Climb straight up water groove past three bolts and no additional pro. 5.7, 120'

P3: Move left off the belay, passing a couple bolts into Arrested Development's groove, up this, past gear, to anchors out right. 5.9, 120'

P4: Slab right into the continuation of the same water groove from P2. Climb directly to the top passing four bolts and as many small gear placements to a bolted belay 5.8-, 200'


Far left on the main face. Start as for Groover or Arrested Development.


Stopers, smaller tricams, Single set of cams through 2.5"

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Rock Climbing Photo: Stinson following the P3 water groove...crux pitch...
Stinson following the P3 water groove...crux pitch...
Rock Climbing Photo: P2; P3 goes up, left, then right; P4 continues up ...
BETA PHOTO: P2; P3 goes up, left, then right; P4 continues up ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stinson following P2
Stinson following P2
Rock Climbing Photo: My brother following the easyish yet engaging P2 o...
My brother following the easyish yet engaging P2 o...

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By wroy
Sep 17, 2009

Pitch one has been reestablished. Climb the first pitch of groover. From tree follow the gear left to the groove and the first bolt, continue to A 2 bolt anchor.
By Adam Beck
From: Nashville, TN
Jan 21, 2010

I did this route in June 2009. The middle bolt (there are only 3) on P2 had been chopped. This is at least the third time it's been chopped/replaced. The missing bolt creates a 60 foot runout on 5.7 slab.

Look up from the tree ledge and see if the bolt is there before you commit to the route.
By Jeff Mekolites
From: ATL GA
Jun 13, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13

Great Route. A little more sustained climbing at or near the grade compared to say Groover.

Appears all bolts are intact. To approach - climb Groover's first pitch. P1 climb flake/face on the left from the tree, past and overlap, then step into the watergroove. Continue a full rope length past a few bolts to a bolted belay, 5.9, 200 ft. P2 climb a long watergroove past 3 bolts to a bolted belay, 5.7, 125 ft. P3 step down and left from the belay, looking for a small foot on the bulge left of you. Balance over past two bolts to a groove, continue to a tree ledge and rap station, 5.9+, 125 ft. P4 climb the watergroove on the right of the belay, past bolts and gear to a rap station, 5.8, 200 ft.

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