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The Carnal Caves

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Dont Call it a Comeback S 
Enticer, The T 
Even Cowpunks Hit The Booze S 
Patriot Games S 
Secret Garden S 
She's A Squirter T,S 
Straight To The Throat T 
Three Old Bolts S 
Turn It On T 

The Carnal Caves Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on May 12, 2013
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The Carnal Caves are a sheltered and peaceful oasis in an otherwise sharp and ragged landscape. It is home to some full value mixed lines of a very traddy nature. These routes have a distinct "granitic" feel to their movements, and offer adequate to great rock on somewhat unusual terrain. This spot is an awesome hang with a full patio staging area just below the caves, and a great mix of ever changing sun and shade on key routes. And there are enough modern pitches here to offer a full days climbing. A crag within a crag...

Routes are sorted climbers left to right as if you were standing down below the caves and looking up with Patriot Games, Turn It On, and the Secret Garden on the left, outside of the caves.

Getting There 

The Carnal Caves are tucked up above and just east of the Sun King Tower.

Climbing Season

For the Mt. Elden Crags area.

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Carnal Caves

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Carnal Caves:
The Enticer   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Secret Garden   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Carnal Caves
Rock Climbing Photo: Straight To The Throat  climbs the grey water stre...

Straight To The Throat 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : The Carnal Caves
Straight To The Throat is the wild and steep crack line to the left of She's A Squirter, and essentially shares the start with that route. Though this route features excellent sections of face climbing, the harder climbing is going to test your crack skills. This line is a solid and unique classic, which will most likely leave you gasping for air.Climb awesome holds past three bolts to access the crack which starts off with a wide pod. If you have a good wing span, there are a few choice hand ho...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: More agave... watch your step!
More agave... watch your step!
Rock Climbing Photo: One of many dead century plant stalks.
One of many dead century plant stalks.

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