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The west face of Chimney Rock is the more popular side and gets morning shade and afternoon sun. Ratings range from 5.7 to 5.11b, and there's even an aid climb (A2+) for those into that sort of thing. Recommended routes to do include the circuitous West Face Overhang (5.7), the hand/fist crack of Damper (5.9) and the highly popular dike of Pinched Rib (5.10a).
Approach from points within the Campground or park in the day use parking lot beneath Intersection Rock and walk east to the visible formation.
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Damper 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Dyno in the Dark 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Pinched Rib 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
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Howard's Horror, Direct 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Chimney Rock - West Face
A fun thin crack/mantle problem. The original 5.7 line started well to the left, and then traversed right to the upper part of the route. The direct start is a better way to do the climb - the protection is very good for the hard moves....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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