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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

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Weather station 3.6 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

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Dune 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  IL : Cove Hollow : Main Amphitheater
Slightly longer and more difficult than inception. Follow inception until you get on top of the worm-like sloping feature with a crack running along the bottom. Rather than clipping the sixth bolt on inception, clip a bolt to your right, and traverse this feature to the right for about 15 feet and head up out the roof. Three cruxes of increasing difficulty separated by mediocre rests will take you to the anchors.As with Inception, it is HIGHLY recommended that you clean the first five or six d...[more]   Browse More Classics in IL

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