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Routes in The Monkey Skull

Amy, Good Gorilla T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Casual Corner T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fever Dance T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Fringe Dweller T,S,TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hollow Be Thy Name T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Looking for Trouble T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Monkey Trial T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Ripple S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Skull and Bones S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Summit Block T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Sunshine Dihedral T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Upside The Cranium S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Shared By: George Bracksieck on Dec 6, 2016
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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On Nov. 2, Manny Rangel and I were looking for sun to please his Arizona sensibilities. This would be his first time in the SSV, so I suggested the most popular rock there. By the time we could hike up to Monkey Skull, the right side would be in the sun. No one else was around.

Each of us has enjoyed many decades of exploring unpublished terrain. At least 50 feet to the right of Fever Dance, past a jumble of unappealing blocks and behind a tree, we found a short, left-leaning, unpublished hand crack that leads to the right end of an unpublished overhang that caps a short right-facing, unpublished dihedral. My 5.6 lead continued upward, weaving around blocks and reaching a big ledge at about 60-70 feet.

Behind a flat boulder, a clean-cut, 90-degree unpublished dihedral is capped at 15 feet by a horizontal ceiling. Manny led this, finding a horizontal squeeze chimney that was hard to enter and exit (crux, 5.9). He threw up his right foot to enter the slot; I threw up my left, then inched outward until my head, then shoulders, then torso was protruding. Just as I was about to fall out, head-first, I twisted enough to reach a finger lock. Easy climbing continued up to the big ledge/slope that could be descended to the right, to return to the ground. I wish that I had brought my smartphone, so that I could take pics.

We hiked/scrambled up and left, with the intention of following what is now known as "Alvino's Variation" to the top. I had led AV in 1981, after climbing what is now known as "Sunshine Dihedral." Finding recently installed bolts next to AV, we climbed that route (Ripple), instead.


It is at least 50 feet to the right of the start of Fever Dance.





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