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BETA PHOTO: Beginning of Generation Gap, Inception, and Dune


This is the large amphitheater sporting a beautiful waterfall, accentuated by broken bottles, trash and graffiti around the fire pit under the overhang... the price of being close to town and in Southern Illinois.

The clean overhanging wall left of the waterfall is undercut by a large chossy roof, which is why all the climbs share a start on the left side of the wall. By working these routes, if nothing else, you will absolutely dial the shared boulder problem that serves as a start to these routes.

Be sure to watch out for the large icicles that form above the shared start during the winter. They have been known to break free and bludgeon the heads of unwary belayers.

Getting There 

Along the main trail, it's the large, obvious amphitheater with a waterfall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

Featured Route For Main Amphitheater

Generation Gap 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  IL : Cove Hollow : Main Amphitheater
The route is split in half by a no hands ledge in the dihedral. The bottom and top are of comparable difficulty, but with very different styles. After the initial boulder problem, head straight up until the third bolt. The route initially went straight up to a series of sloping horizontals above the bolt and then left. Since then, a critical crimp has been considerably downsized. It is probably easier now to do the bouldery traverse below the bolt, join the dihedral and climb up to the bolt...[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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