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This cave comes just before you hit the crowds of Orange Oswald. It is impressive, and huge, but unfortunately tends to seep, and the only lines that have been sent yet are along its flanks. Still, it is a great place to hang during the rain. The classic line here is Narcissus, located on the far left of the cave, which is many a gym rat's first 5.12a. The far right side houses Deep Throat (13c) and Suicide Blonde (13b), both of which are quality lines of the grade, and great complements to the 13s of the Coliseum. Probably the first line that most people notice here is the impressively tiered roof crack that splits the deepest, steepest part of the cave. This line, which is unfortunately nearly always wet, would undoubtedly be a hard 5.14 if it ever goes free. Some quality 5.11s also flank either side of the cave as its walls become more vertical.
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That Eight 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Sniff the Drill 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Jeff's Bunny Hop (aka Jeff Does the Bunny) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Smilin' Jack 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Narcissus 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Narcissus Direct 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 85'
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Narcissus Direct 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Narcissus Cave
Start on the pockets immediately left of the short dihedral start of Narcissus, work the sequetial pocket moves up to the middle of the traverse of Narcissus. Then, using jugs, and big crimps make the traverse quickly clipping as you go. Breathe and then get ready for the meat of the route, make a long reach off of some crimps (shorter climbers sometimes dyno, sometimes use a bad intermediate), then grab the big rounded lip, traverse out onto the arete bear hug it and get up a heel, make the...[more] Browse More Classics in WV
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