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The Grey Giant was one of the first crags in the Wonderland to be developed by several world renowned climbers (e.g. John Long, Tony Yaniro, Tobin Sorenson) in the early 70's. It is home to the three pitch classic Hyperion, a physically and mentally demanding route that travels along an arching crack underneath a roof for the first two pitches. Other worthy crack climbs include Lithophiliac, Transfusion, The Coliseum, and Dawn Yawn. There are also good slab routes on the south face.
Begin in the parking lot near Key's Corner where the boyscout trail to Indian Cove is located. Head northeast on the well-marked trail for about a mile. When the trail forks, take the trail that veers northeast. The trail ends in a wash that branches northeast and south after another 1.5 miles.
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Hyperion 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
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Hyperion 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Grey Giant
Begin at the left end of the south face and climb a low angle crack (some loose rock) that eventually becomes steeper and arches right underneath a large roof. The crux (11d), protected by a #00 TCU, black alien, or small stopper, entails committing moves to the portion of the crack where the roof begins. From here, underclings and hand / fist jams for 80 ft. lead to the anchors (sustained 5.10).Pitch #2 (5.10) is a short traverse and consists of climbing that is comparable to the la...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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