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YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: (TR) Dean Goolsby & Craig Pearson, FL: Geoff Archer and Clark Friedgen, April 1991
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Submitted By: Murf on Nov 4, 2013

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BETA PHOTO: Big Hunk (Southwest Face) , Joshua Tree NP


Similar to Archer-Friedgen across the way, Cryogenics dials the difficulty meter up a notch. Great face climbing with a definite crux between bolt 1 and 2. Clipping the 2nd bolt ain't easy, and though it's safe you'll want to make sure your belayer isn't mesmerized by the tourists somehow lost on the Barker Dam trail. Stays pumpy through bolt 3 and then eases off.

Unlike the rock on the lower southwest face, this wall is pristine.


Located up and back on the southwest face, possibly the best way to this route is to climb The Black Tuna. Otherwise you could also boulder up past the Yuccas on the far right of the alcove, then make your way across to the wall. Also called the Cryogenics Wall in some books.


3 good bolts, chain rap anchor.

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By Geoff Archer
Nov 6, 2013

I believe this route was originally top roped by Dean Goolsby et al, and given a 12a rating. We bolted it and called it 11c. FL 4/91


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