Crucifix Cave East Side, MALTA
Climbs 11 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 63m a.s.l – Faces NW
The largest cave on the Victoria Lines fault is home to a number of routes in the mid to high grades. Classics include Honeycomb Wall (E1 5b) and The Boxer (E5 6a). Most of the classic climbs are steep and on good holds on solid rock.
The crag catches the afternoon sun, so is an ideal location for a mornings climbing session in the summer.
The name "Crucifix Cave" comes from the large wooden cross used to "guard" it's entrance. Beware of the two ancient open wells to the rhs of the cave entrance.
Left of the cave there are some hand etched slabs- excellent for honing your sense of balance with some easy bouldering.
This area is 100m westwards from the mouth of Wied Anglu. It is best approached by driving up through Naxxar gap from St. Paul's bay or down it from Naxxar. Halfway up the gap where the road switches right take a track leading east beneath the Victoria lines fault. Drive this for 400m to a clearing below a crag with a large leaning block on it's rhs called Monolith Buttress. Crucifix Cave is visible up and left (facing in). Walk along the track through prickly vegetation to the largest cave, easily distinguished by the large wooden cross towards it's rhs.
Malta Rock Climbing: the Comprehensive Guide (2007)
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