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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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West Face Overhang 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Chimney Rock - West Face
This climb is located at the left end of the west face of Chimney Rock. Start just right of a large boulder and head up into a short chimney. Then up and right, up and right and up. This is a good climb for a new leader to learn about slings, rope drag, and setting a belay. Perhaps break the climb into 2 pitches to avoid serious rope drag, and if doing so belay just before or after the traverse under the roof. There are bolts on top to rap the backside and into the "chimney". You can scramble do...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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