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Red Oak Cave Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 651'
Location: 41.8177, -88.32331 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Dave Hug, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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BETA PHOTO: Picture shows the outside of the cave. The finish ...


In the suburbs? Desperate to climb some rock outside? It's not much, but this cave offers a little bit of fun. The ground stays fairly dry after rain, just make sure the fox river isn't flooded/high. There is a fair amount of choss, but it's easily identifiable and avoidable.

The cave has a main room that is approximately 7 feet wide at the largest part and 10 feet long. There is a small crawl that loops from the left side to the back, and a tiny room just off the left of the crawl. Not really caving, but this is as good as it gets this close to Chicago.

Getting There 

Park near the Red Oak nature center. If you are facing the building, start walking to your left. It's around a five minute walk from the nature center, just past the private property crossing.

Bring a headlamp or some source of light. A lot of light is let in during the day, but it may be difficult to find holds without a light.

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Weather station 4.7 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Picture is looking out of the cave. The start is o...

The Great Escape V1 5  Illinois : Red Oak Cave
Work your way out through the entrance of the cave, mantle and finish on top of the rock. There are at least three jugs, and a majority of the route is a large rail. Any and all rock inside the cave is on. Don't use the rail marked in the main page's photo, it's chossy and let's not break it. There is a pretty solid heel hook near the end of the route, kind of fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in Illinois

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