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Cannibal Crag

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Cannibal Crag 


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Description 

The Cannibal Crag is a gigantic boulder located near Red Spring. Cannibal has a total of 19 routes and is usually shaded. The routes at Cannibal Crag range from 5.6 to 5.12d, making this area popular with groups who have varying levels of ability. The routes described start on the western side, continuing around to the north and then to the eastern face, ending with the overhanging southern side. The approach time is about five to ten minutes. When you arrive at the boulder from the approach trail, you will be facing the northern side.

[Reprinted with permission from Jed Botsford, Climbing Ranger - RRCNCA]


Getting There 

Refer to general directions for Calico Basin.


19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',7],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cannibal Crag:
A Man in Every Pot   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Baseboy   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Elbows of Mac and Ronnie   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Have a Beer with Fear   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Baseboy (Bolted Variation)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Caustic Cock   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Pickled Cock   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fear This   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 30'   
Maneater   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Save the Heart to Eat Later   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fuck this Sport (aka Fear this Sport)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 35'   
New Wave Hookers   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 40'   
Wonderstuff   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 35'   
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Featured Route For Cannibal Crag
Ian Wolfe pulling the crux moves on Caustic Cock.  Photo was taken by John Tremblay.

Caustic Cock 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  NV : Red Rock : ... : Cannibal Crag
This route follows the stunning arete feature on the NE side of the Cannibal Boulder. Easy climbing up to the second bolt, where the real fun begins. From here it gets steep and interesting. The crux begins after the third bolt is clipped and includes a few desparate moves to surmount the cock, and a very desparate and kind of scary clip for the 4th bolt. From there, a few airy crimpers lead up to bolted anchors.This is a wonderful spot to get good climbing shots from the ground if you are a...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Cannibal Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Unknown climber on East Face of Cannibal Crag, 2/29/04.
Unknown climber on East Face of Cannibal Crag, 2/2...
This is a great crag and hangout spot with the kids as there is a lot scrambling to be had in the immediate vicinity.
This is a great crag and hangout spot with the kid...
Map of Calico Basin Area
BETA PHOTO: Map of Calico Basin Area
Cannibal Crag east side in th afternoon.
Cannibal Crag east side in th afternoon.
Cannibal Crag, with two climbers on top.
BETA PHOTO: Cannibal Crag, with two climbers on top.
Cannibal Crag
BETA PHOTO: Cannibal Crag
Jay on the upper slabs of Caliban at the Cannibal Crag.  Pretty fun place to spend a day.
Jay on the upper slabs of Caliban at the Cannibal ...
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By Zappatista
Jun 28, 2007

The Red Spring parking is fine unless you're planning to hang around until/after sundown. At that point, they can ticket/lock the gate and that might not help you out too much. For later sessions at calico, the traditional corner parking is better.

By mike moore
From: las vegas, nv
Dec 4, 2009

On Wed., 12/2/2009, I replaced a missing bolt on a 5.10 at the Cannibal crag. I do not remember the route name, but it is on the backside and has a large chalked "X" written at the base of the route. It was the third bolt that was replaced.

By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 20, 2010

On 5/19/10, the LVCLC and the ASCA finished major rebolting work on this crag. All routes were checked for good hardware and over two dozen bolts were replaced. All anchors are now equipped with mussy hooks for easy cleaning of the route.

Please see individual route descriptions for details of the work done. Also thanks to other folks who have tended to this crag in recent years and helped to keep it a safe place to climb in the afternoons!

By smassey
From: CO
May 20, 2010

On the page for Ma and Pa in Kettle is a picture of the ring bolt that was formerly "protecting" the upper section of that route. If anyone has specific info about that bolt, please post it. Thx.