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Arid Piles - Southwest Face

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L to R R to L Alpha
Acid Crack, The T 
Just Another New Wave Route T 
Popeye T 
Taming of the Shoe, The T 

Arid Piles - Southwest Face Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,100'
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 18, 2009
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Arid Piles-Southwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.


This sunny portion of the Arid Piles despite it's large size only has about a half dozen routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.12d. Popeye (5.11a), The Taming of the Shoe (5.11a R) and The Acid Crack (5.12d) are recommended routes for the area.

Getting There 

Approach from the end of the Lost Horse Road or the parking area at Real Hidden Valley, although the latter is slightly shorter timewise. The approach takes 10-20 minutes depending upon your starting point.

Climbing Season

For the Real Hidden Valley area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Arid Piles - Southwest Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Arid Piles - Southwest Face:
The Acid Crack   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Arid Piles - Southwest Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Colin Lantz leading Acid Crack 1985.

The Acid Crack 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Arid Piles - Southwest Face
This not often done Josh testpiece climbs an overhanging thin fingers crack. This classic is located about halfway between Popeye on the right and Edge of Doom on the left, on the southeast end of Arid Piles. It sits atop the formation, so a bit of scrambling from the desert floor gets one to the base....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Malcolm Matheson on the Acid Crack (5.12d), Joshua...
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