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Battle Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Castle Grey Skull S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Catholic Grade School T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Crimp City TR 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Over the Band Gap TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Oxidation TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rust TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Skeletor T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Description

Surprisingly fun little crag that has a short 5-10 min approach. I stumbled upon this crag while looking for Arctic temple and ended up spending all day on it.

All routes can be top roped by scrambling up a gulley on the east side of the crag. You must set your own protection for now, bring a few slings or webbing to extend anchors to whichever face you want.

Getting There

Take I-10 east (State Hwy 330) to Running Springs, CA. Take State Hwy 18 to Big Bear Lake Dam. Turn right on State Hwy 18 for 3 miles and turn on Tulip Lane. Turn right on Mill Creek Road (2N10), go 4 miles and turn right on 2N86. Follow 2N86 until the road ends, you should see a campsite on your right. Either park here and walk, or continue driving up a small logging road for another .25 miles. The road ends in a large open circle. As you pull into the circle the direction you will want to walk is diagonally in the back left of the circle from the road.

Follow any number of paths left up the hill. If you scramble to the top of a nearby hill you should see HWY 18 on your right and big bear lake behind you. Continue for 5-10 minutes, the crag should be obvious.

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C Miller   CA  
This fairly obscure area, known as "Castle Grey Skull", was primarily developed by Craig Pearson and Dean Goolsby in the early 1990's. Jun 25, 2013

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