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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : *Joshua Tree Bouldering* : Real Hidden Valley Boulderi... : Real Hidden Valley Circuit : ... : Photo
By: Randy When: Jun 27, 2016

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Comments: I've met that guy! His fists are 50% larger than John Long's.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Wonderland South : Wonderland Valley : ... : Nihilistic Pillar (5.11c R)
By: Randy When: Mar 14, 2016

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Comments: A couple larger than hand sized pieces might be helpful.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : ... : Photo
By: Randy When: Jan 11, 2016

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Comments: Great shot Ken.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Intersection Rock : Golden Bush Corner (5.11a R)
By: Randy When: Dec 23, 2015

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Comments: Hi Ken. Glad to see you are posting routes and getting out to Josh. Joshua Tree West has the most up to date FA and route info for the western part of the Park. I like the historical photos.


Location: Ken Rose : Various Climbs Thru The Age... : Photo
By: Randy When: Dec 23, 2015

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Comments: Great picture.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Intersection Rock : Golden Bush Corner (5.11a R)
By: Randy When: Dec 23, 2015

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Comments: Actually, the FA of this route (with aid) was done by George Harr & others 10/54.
Also, the route was free climbed in 1977 by John Bachar (5.11a, R).
It should not be listed as an aid climb.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Beaches : Laguna Beach : 5 Minute Crag : Photo
By: Randy When: Dec 19, 2015

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Comments: Route locations on photo only approximate. The two routes do not meet or share an anchor as the photo indicates.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Beaches : Laguna Beach : Temple Rock
By: Randy When: Dec 19, 2015

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Comments: From the photo and the satellite image, this crag is Temple Rock. The first climbing routes (mostly TRs, but some leads) on Temple Rock were established in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Hunk Guide to Orange County lists 11 routes on this main crag. Information was originally derived from a 1 page Climbing Guide - Handout from The Backpacker Shop in Santa Ana by Steve Mackay (1973).

There were a couple bolts originally placed. Not sure if they are still there, but they should be considered... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : Iron Man's Traverse (5.10c R)
By: Randy When: Dec 3, 2015

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Comments: That this route hadn't gone free as of the mid-1980s was surprising. But, then again, it probably had never had a second ascent -- and Trente Anos and Middle Band (which had been freed years earlier) were notoriously hard to protect.

When Charles and I looked at it (and Lower Band which was also still aid), none of the climbing looked particularly hard and the gear not too difficult to place. It went free at a surprisingly easy grade, though the rock in places (the initial crack) was very grit... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Steve Canyon Area : Steve Canyon : ... : Photo
By: Randy When: Oct 23, 2015

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Comments: Not much of walk is it?


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Comic Book Area : The Comic Strip : The Comic Strip - N Face : Tubular Balls (5.10b R)
By: Randy When: Jun 25, 2015

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Comments: Chris, Yes. Matt loved that album.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Wonderland South : Central Wonderland : ... : I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa (5.10b/c)
By: Randy When: Feb 26, 2015

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Comments: Description has been updated to reflect the new anchor. Thanks Todd!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Wonderland South : Wonderland Valley : ... : Solid Gold (5.10-)
By: Randy When: Feb 26, 2015

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Comments: Nothing is particularly inconsistent with the two comments. The first pitch is practically sport bolted, but it is more runnout to the last bolt. But, since I've only done this route a few dozen times, take my comments with a grain of salt. YMMV

Ultimately, unless you are used to steep, positive (and sometimes sharp) crimpers, the first pitch may seem pretty hard. Good footwork and edging skills are essential -- not something that is as common today as in years past.

Since the gold streak was ... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face : ... : Photo
By: Randy When: Jan 11, 2015

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Comments: You may want to fix the route line in the photo for the second pitch. After the flake, it traverses straight left and then up to the dike (finish for My Idea of Fun). Finish right on the dike.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas... : The Lobster (5.12a R)
By: Randy When: May 13, 2014

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Comments: Dick Enberg essentially does NOT exist anymore, since the pine tree has fallen over.

The tree was in declining health for many years and died a couple years back (but was still upright). For a few years, climbing the tree (which was increasingly leaning further from the face) was not really possible. It fell within the last year.

So, the only way of doing this line now is via The Lobster.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Snickers : Snickers - North Face : Way of Life (5.11b/c)
By: Randy When: Apr 18, 2014

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Comments: "Permission" to replace (or place) bolts on this crag is not necessary as it does not lie in designated Wilderness.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : The Galapagos : Finch Dome : Fluid Tech (5.9)
By: Randy When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: Yes, that is Fluid Tech.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - West Face : Double Dip (5.6)
By: Randy When: Feb 7, 2014

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Comments: The Classics Guide does state for routes of Echo Rock:

Safety Advisory Be aware that these routes are not sport bolted and may be considered run out by today’s standards.

But, an additional note of this in the Double Dip description will be added to the second edition.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : *Joshua Tree Bouldering* : Real Hidden Valley Boulderi... : Turtle Rock Circuit : ... : So High (V5 R)
By: Randy When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: I am relaying this information from a North Face advertisement written by Cedar Wright which appears on the first two pages of Urban Climber magazine #11, June/July 2006

Oh! Well, its gotta be true. lol


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - West Face : Safety In Numbers (5.10a R)
By: Randy When: Aug 21, 2013

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Comments: Here is a more precise linky -- so you don't have to scroll to the 4th page


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Little Hunk : Little Hunk - SW Face : ... : Photo
By: Randy When: Aug 21, 2013

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Comments: All very worthwhile short sport routes. As Todd stated, check it out first.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Wonderland South : Central Wonderland : ... : Feeding Frenzy (5.10b)
By: Randy When: Jun 9, 2013

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Comments: Quite grainy and not particularly enjoyable. Perhaps if it had MANY, MANY ascents and cleaned up, it would be worth the walk.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : Virgin Islands Area : Volcano Boulder : ... : Photo
By: Randy When: Feb 15, 2013

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Comments: Good technique on that slab!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Rattlesnake Canyon : The Valley of Kings : ... : Eagle Talons (5.12a)
By: Randy When: Feb 13, 2013

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Comments: Awesome Photo!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face : Swept Away (5.11a)
By: Randy When: Jan 12, 2013

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Comments: On Friday, January 11, 2013, Italian actress Mariangela Melato who starred with Giancarlo Giannini in the 1974 film Swept Away -- which inspired this route name -- passed away. She also appeared in several other films directed by the renown Lina Wertmuller, including "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Love and Anarchy." The full title of the film is "Swept Away...by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August."


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