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BETA PHOTO: The West Face of The Cranium


This proud crag is one of the two highest points of "The Valley of the Kings." When standing in the valley and looking up at the "Corregated Wall" it is easily seen up and right and is the highest thing visible. There are two obvious crack systems and to the right of these a big patch of perfect brown varnish.

Getting There 

Best approached from the "Rattlesnake Canyon shortcut" (past "Librarian Lust") or from the normal approach, which is all the way up Rattlesnake. If you are at the Witch Hunt, it is the next crag to the south. This whole area is a bit tricky to figure out and usually requires two visits to get the lay of the land.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

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One fixed pin at knee level, the other reachable f...

Alchemy 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Cranium
This is a steep thin crack. Start with a bouldery move along a seam to reach a horizontal 12' up. Fixed pin here. Make a couple of crux moves along the thin crack, passing another pin before reaching a second horizontal at 30'. The crack continues until just below the summit, where a mantle puts you on top. Mostly steep face climbing with crack protection....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Anonymous Coward
Feb 6, 2004
What are these two cracks called? What are they rated?
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