This generally north-facing rock is a good choice to escape the heat on a hot morning, although it gets afternoon sun. The two signature moderate routes here are Continuum (5.8+) and Invisibility Lessons (5.9). The Bendix Claws (11a) a superb, steep thin crack, is also well worth the trek. There are several other starred routes ranging from 5.10b to 5.13a.
From the Split Rocks parking area (not really a parking lot, but rather a cul-de-sac), hike north along trail past the Split Rock boulder (NO CLIMBING), then cut east towards Frigid Tower, another large split rock. Future Games Rock faces northwest and can be identified by the dogleg crack Continuum Allow 20 minutes or so for the approach.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Future Games Rock:
Continuum 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
Invisibility Lessons 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
The Bendix Claws 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Games Without Frontiers 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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The Bendix Claws 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Future Games Rock
The moves past the bolt (5.11a) are technical and cruxy and while the crack above isn't terribly difficult (5.10+), hanging out too long to place gear could take it's toll. Descend by walking off to the climber's left. Yet another great crack on the Future Games Wall, and one that's perfect after warming up on the easier climbs on the wall. Three stars out of five....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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