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Description 

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

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Featured Route For Main Amphitheater

Heingerous 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13  IL : Cove Hollow : Main Amphitheater
This route follows a crack system just left of the chimney on the right side of the amphitheater. Climb the layback crack and plug some gear at the top of it to protect the bouldery moves to the first bolt. Crank through the steep crux, place some gear, and relax once you can stem on the wall behind you. The face above is bolted and moderate, but a little scary due to the amount of dirt and lichen, as well as the ledge below. Rebolted May 2012....[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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