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Shared By: Tony B on Sep 29, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Cubicle Crag is a smaller crag just down-hill (East) of Shadowfax. It appears at times from various points along the approach as a small boxy rock just below the lower summit of Shadowfax but is deceptively large. A few routes on its North side are reasonably good and quite entertaining. Perhaps only their shorter lengths keeps them from being really good routes, but the distance to reach them is what will forever keep them relatively untraveled.
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Getting There

Approach Via Shadow Canyon from the South Mesa Trailhead. Continue up the trail for quite some ways past below the Devil's thumb, and come to a brief clearing in the trees, from which you can look back and see Shadowfax, to the Southwest. You can even see on the right side of the West (higher) summit, the Northeast facing flakes of "Thirteen Words for Choss" which is easily the worst route on the crag.
Approach cross county up and left from this point, striking out at a shallow angle towards the base of the higher spire on the North side. This is perhaps 800 meters, but is a better approach than heading straight up from below, where you can scarcely see your target, will fight up hill, and then have to walk north around below the base of some collapsing slabs. You will see Cubicle Crag as a small blocky "cap" of rock (which is bigger than it looks) below the base of the lower Eastern Spire of Shadowfax. Re-aim your trajectory to intercept this rock on its North Side.
Total approach time is ~1h 10m at a reasonable and steady pace.

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