A well-protected and fun route that takes a line straight up the middle of the biggest face in the City of Rocks. It features great views and that "adrift in a sea of granite" feeling. The route is 6 pitches with the crux, 40 feet of steep stemming, on the 5th pitch. The rest of the route is 5.2-5.6 slab. It is possible to descend from the summit of the rock by rapelling down a gully/dihedral system on the northeast side, although the chains have proven hard for many folks to find.
Submitted by: kpinwalla2 on 2005-11-19
Route ID: 41393
I recently repeated Sinocranium and Theater of Shadows in a fast solo link-up. Sinocranium took about 20 minutes to climb. If you are thinking about soloing the route I would advise taking a few long runners so if you get to nervous at the head wall you could still protect yourself and finish the climb. Then you would not have to down climb the sea of slab.
wore the harness and brought the rope and my shoes up. mostly easy, had to keep my head with me in the crux. then i ran around the dome and soloed theater of shadows with no chalk or shoes to catch up to my friends on that route and rap with them :)
Roped solo winter ascent. Hiked in from the main road since I did not have a 4x4. Water fall right after the first pitch. The back of the chimney was icy still. Topped out late with the rappel gully full of snow. So I did double rope rappels down the route.