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Cranial Prophylactic is reached by following the approach to the Perhaps wall, and then following the wall downhill. Look for a finger crack with a bolt about 15' up.
Fire up the crack, with a crux at the bolt. After this, the climbing eases and follows a crack system up and slightly left to a 3-bolt anchor. Many people rap from here, one rope rap.
If continuing up (I didn't), the route goes into a right facing dihedral with a pin. It continues up and eventually works left to a topout. Two rope rap or a one rope rap with downclimbing if this second pitch is done.
Nuts and small cams for the first pitch.
Peter leading P1 of Cranial Prophylactic
BETA PHOTO: Cranial Prophylactic
At the crux.
Tim makes good use of the crack as he pulls the cr...
I swore I wasn't going to clip that bolt. Oops.
The fun move (It helps to be 7 foot tal like Lee).
The obligatory layback shot.
BETA PHOTO: Sweet, albeit short, route.
|Comments on Cranial Prophylactic
|By John J. Glime|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 26, 2004
This is an okay route, kind of spicy in a couple of spots, definitely worth doing if you are up in the area.
|By Nathan Fisher|
Aug 29, 2004
A couple of noteworthy moves. Nice finger locks.
|By Lee Jensen|
Mar 17, 2005
The bottom crack is really fun. About 20 feet. Nice 5.8 moves. After that it is a 5.5-6 swing to the anchors that goes up another 40 feet. But still fun and worth doing. Good lead to set up a top rope for the friction routes to the west.
Jul 16, 2006
There is a second pitch also rated 5.8 but with lesser quality rock, fun exposure and funky moves. The belay at the top is there but thin so be sure you equalize well. Not the standard 5.8 lead but worth doing once if you've done lots of laps on the lower pitch because it gets you more acquainted with the wall in general. Then you can walk around to the anchors of Paranoia Streak for the rappell. You can definitely reach the ground with a 70m rope.
|By Christian "crisco" Burrell|
From: PG, Utah
Sep 3, 2007
The start is sporty and the crack can disappoint but I did enjoy the neat little step around move at 2/3 height. You know you are solid on trad if you can crank the start w/o the bolt!
|By Michael Buchanan|
Oct 21, 2009
Dave Smith climbed this in the 70's w/o the bolt. I asked him if he cared that the bolt was there, he seemed indifferent....
|By Bad Sock Puppet|
Oct 9, 2010
I give it a 5.7 just because I thought it was a little soft compared to other 5.8's i've done in the canyon. Still it's a clean short route. Finger size gear.
|By Greg G|
From: SLC, UT
May 6, 2011
Climbed the second pitch today, and would recommend it. It had some fun moves, and good albeit spaced out gear. Walk all the way back to the gulley 80ft beyond the cliff edge then down to Paranoia Streak's anchors.
Nov 27, 2011
The bolt could go. It's right next to bomber gear
|By Brian in SLC|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 30, 2011
You might search on this site as that bolt has been debated a fair bit. Bomber gear, but, difficult stance.
Bolt has been there longer than you've been alive...
Kim doesn't care. If you don't like it, don't clip it.