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Pirate's Cove  

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Location: 38.2427, -80.8485 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jul 6, 2007
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Pirate's Cove in May when the water's high. You ca...


Pirate's cove is only accessible for standard roped climbing when the water is down during the late fall/early winter. It houses a hand full of good lines such as Mutiny and Indian Summer.

Getting There 

Walk/swim climber's left from the Coliseum.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pirate's Cove:
Indian Summer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   
Mutiny   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Pirate's Cove
Unnamed 5.10a in Pirate's cove.

Unnamed SL 7 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Pirate's Cove
Start in the cave under a nice corner hand crack. Climb up and out of the cave to reach a 10 ft section of perfect hand crack. The crack then widens for a bit and then goes back to perfect hands. There are plenty of face holds to stem from and gear can be placed in some of the horizontals to save your #2 camalots. Nice climb! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

Photos of Pirate's Cove Slideshow Add Photo
Liz looking sketchy...
Liz looking sketchy...
Pirates cove in May 2007.
Pirates cove in May 2007.
Jake halfway through the traverse.
Jake halfway through the traverse.
Behind the Water Fall
Behind the Water Fall
This wall to the right of the falls has several ni...
This wall to the right of the falls has several ni...
Pirates' Cove in November when the water is down.
Pirates' Cove in November when the water is down.
First trip and loved it.
First trip and loved it.
Pirate Cove at "low-Tide"
Pirate Cove at "low-Tide"
DK making his way up the right side of the falls.
DK making his way up the right side of the falls.

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By Andrew May
From: Westminster, CO
Jan 30, 2009
Looks like a pretty sweet place to DWS!
Does the water ever get very warm?
By Ladd Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
Feb 3, 2009
The water gets to 70 degrees. It is incredible.
By DaveB
Feb 4, 2009
Hey Ladd, what is the current "legal" status of DWS at Summersville? Heard hefty fines being issued if caught. True?
By Ladd Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
Feb 4, 2009
Yes fines are being given, if you do climb do not be caught and do not fall. if is only illegal to "jump or fall into the water from above 6 feet in height" they do not specify climbing as illegal, just falling.
By DaveB
Feb 5, 2009
"...they do not specify climbing as illegal, just falling."

By jesco
May 27, 2009
bring your a-game...or else.
By T Seas
Jul 24, 2009
Just currious, has anyone heard any factual storries of climbers being fined for falling on a dws route here?

I have climbed 3 times here since the ban and have never been talked to and all the other climbers I have talked to there have not been fined or know anyone that has. We had a police boat motor by when we were climbing 2 walls down from whipporwill and they didn't even stop to watch if we fell, they just motored on by. To me it seems they are trying to stop drunk rednecks from dying as they jump off without spotting a landing. I read that 7 bodies on average were being pulled out of the water and sent to the morgue per year. Once again climbers are getting a bad rep from nonclimbing idiots.

5 years ago a drunk southern boy jumped unanounced while I was climbing by the cove, landed 1 foot from a floating log and I even warned him to spot his landings and anounce jumps in the future, the kid was too drunk or southern to understand my concern, he replied "i'll just kick it out of the way when I land, no need to wory" !!! My spotter had warned me about the log so I climbed to a ledge and was waiting for it pass when the kid splashed down.

Anyways back to the fines, any acounts of a fine issued to a falling climber, or a climber watched or talked to by the police?
By Chuck Lepley
From: Boulder, Colorado
Oct 3, 2010
Any updates on fines for Deep Water Soloing here?
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