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Aiguille de Joshua Tree (aka The Finger of Hercules) T 

Aiguille de Joshua Tree (aka The Finger of Hercules) 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a X

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 9, 2002

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Description 

From the end of the Lost Horse Road walk southeast for 1/4 mile or so following a beaten path as you pass numerous rock formations on your left. This climb lies at the base of the hillide you'll walk along and is set amongst boulders making it somewhat hidden. Basically a solo this climbs the north side past some ledgy steps to a small summit. Standing up on it will test your balance especially if windy. If nervous break out the camera and get your "Kodak Courage" going.


Protection 

None, so don't fall!


Photos of Aiguille de Joshua Tree (aka The Finger of Hercules) Slideshow Add Photo
Cory Donavon cutting loose on Aiguille de Joshua Tree (5.5 X) at sunset
Cory Donavon cutting loose on Aiguille de Joshua T...
Cutting loose on the Finger of Hercules.
BETA PHOTO: Cutting loose on the Finger of Hercules.
Foolish posing circa late '80s.
Foolish posing circa late '80s.
Unknown climber on Aiguille.
Unknown climber on Aiguille.
Figured I'd add my contribution to the Aiguille pics. Here is Fred.
Figured I'd add my contribution to the Aiguille pi...
Ryan Avery on top of the outstanding free solo Aguille De Joshua Tree
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Avery on top of the outstanding free solo Agu...
Nathan Fitzhugh
Nathan Fitzhugh
Resist the urge...
Resist the urge...
Posing at it's finest.
Posing at it's finest.
Here I am on the Aiguille
Here I am on the Aiguille
Don't look down...
Don't look down...
Steve on top of the aguille. Piece of cake.
Steve on top of the aguille. Piece of cake.

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By Ryan Avery
Apr 4, 2005

Definitely a must do before your Josh days are over.It was three or four 5.6 moves once on the ledge for me. The mantle and standing up is the mental crux as the top is sloping downward. Bring a camera.
By big lebowski
Feb 23, 2007

OK, so we wimped out by throwing a rope over the notch and top-roping :o) The climbing is very easy, but then so is falling off
By Braxtron
From: ...
Mar 7, 2007
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c X

Short, but also in a field of large talus/boulders that wouldn't be nice to fall on (most pics don't show that). This climb would be rated less than 5.6 if it were located elsewhere.
By Drederek
Jun 23, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X

I could not walk by this without climbing it!
By Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
Jan 18, 2010
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c X

Friends don't let friends throw a rope on Aiguille de Joshua Tree.
By Alex Peterson
From: Kamas, Utah
Jun 30, 2013
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X

Walked by so many time that I finally had to do it. Easy ascent, but the descent is more problematic. Used a couple slings to help shimee down; then no problem. Don't fall.
By Brian Chastain
Feb 10, 2014

I don't agree with the X. I guess if you fell off the high side for sure. It just seems so improbable to fall off that side (unless you were trying to pimp out your facebook by hanging off that side for a photo and fell)and a fall on the shorter side would certainly not kill you. Perhaps I should revisit the definitions of PG13, R and X. I always thought of X as you can die and R you'll likely break something.