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At just about the time you hit Keys Corner Parking Lot, if you look to the right you'll see this crag across the desert floor blooming in the early morning sun. If you park at the pullout past Keys Corner you will probably be able to identify Right and Left Mel Cracks, the standout climbs of the crag.
From Entrance West pass Keys Corner Parking Lot and then turn right onto the Lost Horse Dirt Road. Park in the second pullout to the left.
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Left Mel Crack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
Right Mel Crack 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
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Right Mel Crack 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Mel's Diner
A good climb with a fierce little crux.After a few opening moves the crux arrives all too soon; from a good small wire placement, execute very iffy lie-away moves to gain a slot, small cam. From here good holds lead to a welcome rest and re-group. Small wires help with the confidence on a tricky high-step sequence that comes next. The crack now relents (large cam), so take a deep breath and enjoy....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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