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The Cranium Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: David Evans on Nov 17, 2003
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BETA PHOTO: The West Face of The Cranium


This proud crag is one of the two highest points of "The Valley of the Kings." When standing in the valley and looking up at the "Corregated Wall" it is easily seen up and right and is the highest thing visible. There are two obvious crack systems and to the right of these a big patch of perfect brown varnish.

Getting There 

Best approached from the "Rattlesnake Canyon shortcut" (past "Librarian Lust") or from the normal approach, which is all the way up Rattlesnake. If you are at the Witch Hunt, it is the next crag to the south. This whole area is a bit tricky to figure out and usually requires two visits to get the lay of the land.

Climbing Season

For the Rattlesnake Canyon area.

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Steep and clean with great pro.

The Melon Cracker 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Cranium
This is the steep hand crack just right of Alchemy. It starts in a double crack with good pro. It finishes in the wide hand crack straight above. Pro is excellant and the crack is cleaner than it looks, clean brown/gray varnish jams the whole way!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Anonymous Coward
Feb 6, 2004
What are these two cracks called? What are they rated?