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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : Virgin Islands Area : Lechlinski Crack Formation : Waugh Crack (5.10b)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 19, 2003

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Comments: This route is pretty burly and is strenuous to hang out and protect. Definitely felt harder than .10b to me.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Cyclops Rock : Gray Cell Green (5.10d)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 8, 2003

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Comments: That's about what it felt like to me... I don't frequently onsight 5.11 and this one came relatively easily. Then several weeks later, feeling stronger, I had a very poor showing on Jane's Addiction :)


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Freeway Wall : Upper Freeway Wall : Nobody Walks in LA (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 7, 2003

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Comments: A more interesting and in my opinion better way to finish this route is to move left 5' from the base of the chimney to a short (12-15') vertical dihedral with a roughly finger sized crack in it. A couple steep moves up this lead to a mantel top out instead of the easier / less elegant squeeze chimney to the right.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : Overseer (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 7, 2003

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Comments: The crux of Overseer is very well protected and a clean, slightly overhanging fall as Anonymous Coward mentions. The direct start is definitely more difficult and not well protected for a fledgling 5.10a leader. I haven't fallen on 10a in a long time but it definitely got my attention and a fall wouldn't necessarily be pretty. I somewhat disagree with Chris on the adequacy of the pro but do agree that it's good, stimulating climbing for the competent leader.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : Dandelion (5.10a)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 7, 2003

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Comments: For what it's worth, I think that Orphan is a better route on better rock with better gear, but it's just my opinion and hey, there's other things that everyone has one of too :)


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Diarrhea Dome : Bighorn Mating Grotto : Dangling Woo Li Master (5.10a)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 7, 2003

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Comments: The mid point of the climb / stemming crux stuff is can be protected pretty well with 1.5" gear, in a horizontal then above in a tight hand crack in the corner. There is also a horn you could sling and hang a truck from.

It is also easy to walk off from this climb, up and right 20' then back following the slabs gently down, then down a 4' step into a gully, then left down the gully and around to your packs at the bottom.

I agree this is not a great climb for a fledgling 5.10 climber, particula... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Feudal Wall : ... : La Reina (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 5, 2003

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Comments: My bad memory I guess ;) Fun route nonetheless. I consider it an "overlooked" route for sure...


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Feudal Wall : ... : Crown Jewels (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 4, 2003

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Comments: This is a pretty decent route. You definitely shouldn't go over to the gully to the right as you'd miss the business of the route.

It's my understanding, however, that something has broken off of this route, which is why it seems very hard for 5.7 :)

Felt like 5.9 to me and I've heard the same from a couple of others... like I said apparently the route has changed.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Palmreader Wall : Palmreader (5.8)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 4, 2003

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Comments: This is a really fun route and an excellent route for the fledgling crack leader. It's short and not too strenuous and offers excellent jams and protection. One of the nicest routes in Indian Cove, actually, in my opinion.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Feudal Wall : ... : La Reina (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Jan 4, 2003

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Comments: This is a fun, if a bit short lead. A good test for those breaking into 5.9 leading - it's a little steep and pumpy but features solid jams. You'll probably want gear to 2-2.5" though, as I recall it being sustained hands and tight hands, though it's been a while since I've done it.

josh


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Diarrhea Dome : Bighorn Mating Grotto : Book of Changes (5.10b)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 17, 2002

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Comments: Which bolt was the original? I assume one of the bolts near the rampy section up high, but do not know. I agree there would be adequate protection but it would probably get a PG rating as it had in the guides... The block that pulled may have offered pro placements (though probably sketchy if it was loose)? I don't recall if there were other / better options near it, I didn't pay a lot of attention. Like I said I don't know who added the bolts, but the top three are like a bad joke. There's one ... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Future Games Rock : Invisibility Lessons (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 8, 2002

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Comments: This is one of the nicest routes I've done in jtree, and one of the nicest moderates that I've done anywhere... excellent and fun all the way on superb rock.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face : Pope's Crack (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 8, 2002

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Comments: Hard to say on the rating, I've done it a few times and, for me, there's one akward spot in the crack right before it lowers in angle but it's otherwise just good jams. In my opinion there are a lot of harder 5.9's in Jtree (also a lot of easier ones). 5.9 is kind of a messed up grade anywhere, and rerating a lot of 5.9 climbs seems like it would somehow disturb some greater balance :)


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Pixie Rock : Silent Scream (aka Shock th... (5.10a)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 5, 2002

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Comments: This is a very fun route. A small piece of gear can be used between the last two bolts. I don't know about a recent accident but I recall the rock that you build your anchor in being pretty crufty.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Short Wall : ... : Right V Crack (5.10b)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 5, 2002

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Comments: Stellar... but definitely harder than Vogel gives it.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : Overseer (5.9)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 3, 2002

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Comments: The Direct Start is 10a R. Crux is 8-10' above some not so wonderful very small nut placements with solid gear another 10' below and 5' to the side of that - yikes! Fun and stimulating climbing however make it excellent, just don't fall. To me Overseer Direct felt harder than Poodles are People Too, but maybe it was just the lousy gear :)


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Freeway Wall : Upper Freeway Wall : Cakewalk (5.8)
By: Josh Beck When: Dec 3, 2002

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Comments: This is probably the softest 9 I've done at jtree. I'd call it 5.8 or maybe even 5.7 though I don't remember it THAT well. I recall it seeming easier than a lot of 8's that I did at approximately the same time (Continuum, Nurn's Romp, Dappled Mare, Dogleg, etc)...


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face : Bearded Cabbage (5.10c)
By: Josh Beck When: Nov 25, 2002

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Comments: There is no way this move is 5.11 or impossible for a 5'9" climber. Maybe you're missing the move - it's awkward yes, but my regular climbing partner is 5'4" and flashed the climb (albeit on TR, I had led it). Her best trad lead is 10b and her best crack follow/TR is 11a, so it's not like it's trivial for her, it's at the upper end of her climbing ability. She pulled like a fiend and dynoed a little to catch the edge and then had to go the lieback route as she was too extended to really work a g... more >>


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