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Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Kindergarten Rock : West Face : Monster Crack (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Jan 20, 2012

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Comments: I placed a blue Bigbro on the really wide section as that is all I had. As I climbed passed it, I kicked it out. Having no protection for the last part was good motivation not to fall. Head-sized cams would be nice. Good route.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : South Gateway Rock : West Side : West Point Crack (5.8 R)
By: Darren D. When: Jan 20, 2012

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Comments: Dave, perhaps the best way to remedy the problem is to climb the first two pitches as one pitch. This is easily done without drag and your rack really doesn't need to be any larger than if you split the two up.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Petit Grepon : South Face (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Jun 26, 2011

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Comments: Here's what you need to know: I brought a number three and it stayed on my harness. The climb is granite. Now go have an adventure.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Lover's Leap : East Wall : The Line (5.9)
By: Darren D. When: May 20, 2009

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Comments: Yes, easily climbed in two pitches...even for a punter like me. A nice climb with fun moves.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Hidden Tower : Wild Wind (5.9)
By: Darren D. When: Oct 20, 2007

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Comments: As has been mentioned, Small TCU's/aliens will protect the crux traverse. However, they sort of get in the way of the small crimpers.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Little Hunk : Little Hunk - SW Face : ... : Monkey Business (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: A cool fist crack roof. The crux seemed to be getting down. I down climbed from the middle of the route that susan is referring to in her #1 recommendation.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Mounds : Eff Eight (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: I wouldn't go out of my way to climb this thing. But you might as well climb it if your walking by. Sort of like Tennis shoe crack, but less sharp.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : Orphan (5.9)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: This route will keep you warm on those windy J-Tree days. I was sweating when I finished it. Physical, but never really difficult.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : Dogleg (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: Apparently you can traverse in right to make the start easier. This is a nice crack and makes a good "approach" for Geronimo on the other side of the formation.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Chimney Rock : Chimney Rock - East Face : The Flue (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: If this is a classic J-Tree climb for the grade, there must not be a lot of good 5.8's in the park. I might do it again because the rap was so convenient.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - Southeast Face : Buissonier (5.7)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: This was a lot easier the second time. This route seems to be on quite a few soloists' circuit. Being camped at the site right by it, we saw soloists run up the thing quite frequently. The slab downclimb past the chimney seems to be easier than the chimney itself.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - Southeast Face : Pete's Handful (5.10a)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 12, 2007

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Comments: This route should be re-named "Pete's Handful of $hit." Maybe I'm pissed because I had such a difficult time with it. For sure harder than nine.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Moosedog Tower : Direct South Face (5.9)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 11, 2007

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Comments: A star for each memorable move on this route (2).


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : The Sentinel : The Sentinel - East Face : Fote Hog (5.6)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 2, 2007

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Comments: A "heady" 5.6 on pretty good rock. Typical J-Tree walk-off.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : The Sentinel : The Sentinel - East Face : Western Saga (5.9)
By: Darren D. When: Apr 2, 2007

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Comments: A pretty nice route. When thin wall is crowded (always), stop here and do this one instead. You won't be disappointed.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Freeway Wall : Lower Freeway Wall : Smooth as Silk (5.7)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: A boulder problem to a finger splitter crack. A nice climb.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - W... : Middle Peyote Crack (5.9)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: I felt the peyote cracks were a waste of time. On the bright side, I didn't need to stand in line.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Steve Canyon Area : Steve Canyon : ... : Tennis Shoe Crack (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: If you find yourself in steve canyon with 5 min. to kill, give this one a try. 10 meter rope needed for rappel.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Steve Canyon Area : Steve Canyon : ... : Skinny Dip (5.7 R)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone with a waist size greater then 32...or a female...or if you're claustrophobic. It's still kind of a memorable experience trying to worm through that opening.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Steve Canyon Area : Steve Canyon : ... : Deflowered (5.7)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: This one has an old-school feel to it. And I'm not old-school. But I liked in none the less. It might be 5.6 if you do it right. Rap rings to climbers left.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Palmreader Wall : Palmreader (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: Straight forward jams to exit right. Hand and fist sized pieces work well for the anchor.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Apparition Rock : Apparition (5.10a)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: A technical crux down low than a nice hand crack as icing on the cake. The rap slings are getting a little out of hand.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Rattlesnake Canyon : Rattlesnake Buttress : Taken for Granite (5.8-)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: The sling-wad at the top is a bit of an eye-sore and I would have cut them all out if I had brought a knife. The down climb involves scrambling down a chimney off the back side, then head climbers right through a yucca. A really nice climb with good rock.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Rattlesnake Canyon : Rattlesnake Buttress : 200 Motels (5.8-)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 28, 2007

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Comments: This route along with the 5.8 to the left are really nice moderate routes. Clean rock up in a high position in a nice canyon. Easy scramble off to climbers right. Don't stir up the ants at the start.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : The Bilbo Buttresses : El Chivo (5.8)
By: Darren D. When: Mar 25, 2007

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Comments: An OK route to do to impress all the tourist on-lookers. Just smile for their camera. Balance is all you really need for the positive edges.


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