the Narnia Cave

On Sunday Holmer, Joe and myself headed out to Yankee Jim.  The mission was to head up to a overhanging cave that I’d discovered a couple years ago and put up some new lines.  I was a little nervous for two reasons: 1.  It’s a bitch of a hike to get up to the cave.  I’m guessing it’s not more than a mile, but it took us a solid 45 minutes, mostly straight up hill.  2.  I wasn’t sure how good the cave would actually be, and I thought it might end up being a complete waste of time.  I remembered seeing two potential lines of holds on the wall, one easier on the left and the other harder on the right with about 10-15 of blank rock between them.

Well, it turns out I was wrong, the whole thing is covered in holds.  The cave is about 30 feet long, 10-12 feet high, and overhangs about 30 degrees.  There’s potentially 6 straight up lines and countless variations, mostly really hard (V7 and up).  It’s Yankee Jim’s version of the Antelope Boulder (Cody – see previous post’s vid), with obvious straight up problems and enough holds between them to make a lot of link-ups.  We ended up doing 4 lines on it.  I did a crappy V2 arete, which is the easiest and the worst line (by far) in the cave.  We all did the joint FA on a cool V4 dyno problem “Five Foot Punch.”  I did it from a higher hold, writing off the lower start as bunchy and not worth doing, but fortunately I had Joe and Holmer there to show me the error of my way.  The low start adds another fun move to this great problem and was definitely the obvious start.

Next up, Joe decided to try a little harder and added a couple cool problems on the right side of the cave, Big Crimpin’ V8 and Lunge Left V6/7.  Joe was definitely the hero of the day: he sent two new, hard problems, he cleared out all of the thistle bushes from the landing zone in the cave and he saved my ass (literally) when I botched one of the last moves of Five Foot Punch without a pad under me.  Thanks again Joe!  I think Holmer got all the moves on Big Crimpin’, but couldn’t get the link going.  Musta been the altitude!  Next trip for sure.

I made a vid of Joe doing the 3 good problems that were put up.  It’s definitely not the best quality footage I’ve got, but I think it’s gives a general feel of the new steepnes, the Narnia Cave.  FYI: Joe and Holmer were joking that the area should be called Narnia, so that’s how I came up with the name.

I’d give directions to the Narnia Cave but they’re kind of useless without someone who’s been there.  You may find it eventually, but there’s no easy directions straight to it.  I’m guessing we’ll make another trip up there sometime this year, so let me know if you want in and I’ll show you where it is.  Enjoy!

-EC

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