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Cloudcast on an April 2007 day.
With it's easy approach, fun moves and varied climbing it's easy to see why this route is so popular. Located on the left-most section of The Wall, a little before the northern apex of the front loop in Hidden Valley Campground. The crack is enjoyable throughout it's entire length, with stemming, jamming and combinations of the two techniques all played out on good rock.
Gear belay and a somewhat circuitous but easy downclimb off the slabby backside. Hint: once down to the desert floor, head left and then follow a trail that will circle back towards the base of the climb. Three stars out of five.
Gear to 3"
BETA PHOTO: Hands Off
Some campsight boredom!! This route looked AWESOM...
BETA PHOTO: Hands Off
Climbers on Hands Off.
Shore on Hands Off
Joan Bertini Leading Hands Off
BB cruises under unbelievable weather on a late wi...
|By Tom Black|
Mar 4, 2003
There's a nice "punch bowl" on the top...a great place to watch other climbers. Good crack climb to toprope for beginners.
|By Woody Stark|
Oct 17, 2004
This is a fine route that I led for the first time yesterday. Also, it's sandbagged by a point; it's solid nine.
Dec 27, 2004
This is a really fun climb. It looks easier than it really is. There are three different 5.8 crux sections and all types of techniques are employed. I would give it a 5.8+ and three stars. I used all sizes of gear from a green alien up to a #3 Camalot. It takes great pro.
|By Ryan Avery|
Oct 9, 2005
Well, I liked this one too for the first 15 feet until I decked and broke my ankle in 3 places. Watch out for the opening moves and place early and often. I placed a bomber hex and #6 bd nut that held great. The problem, I didn't place when I had the chance at 15' up. A lesson to all leaders who get lazy with an easy grade such as this one. Awkward 5.8+.
Mar 4, 2006
Awesome route with some akward moves in a shallow crack.
From: Portland, OR
Oct 8, 2006
Somewhat awkward, but really great moves all the way up. Not sure if what I was doing was jamming, face climbing or a weird hybrid of the two. Definitely makes you think about how to use your feet and set your body up correctly for the moves.
|By Adam Stackhouse|
Oct 24, 2006
The beginning of this climb may be a bit "R-ish" for some folks.
|By Jeremy Werlin|
Dec 31, 2006
Excellent, technical route. A favorite for afternoon sun.
Jan 3, 2007
Fun route!! We did this at night which made for a fun time.
The route is directly behind our camp so, a couple of beers later boredom set in and the rack went on!!
Definitely a cool mix of jamming/stemming. The to out was real fun as well.
|By susan peplow|
From: Joshua Tree
Feb 23, 2007
As a new leader you might find this route awkward and a bit hard.
|By Nathan Stokes|
Dec 7, 2008
Fun climb, might have been easier if I knew how to properly hand jamb. A couple of awkward spots that require some creative movement. Hauling my camera up on a shoulder sling probably didn't help either.
Nov 17, 2009
This is quite possibly my favorite route at JTree. This aesthetic line demands flawless style and requires every technique in the book. Put a beginner on this and watch him flail. Put a pro on this and watch him have the time of his life.
|By Brian Chastain|
Feb 20, 2012
Loved this climb. Will do it again and again. It has it all. You can do a couple hand jams, finger jams/locks, stem, and even put your back into it for a chimney move in the middle section. You can put a mess of stoppers in it.