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Hemingway is the large rock closest to the main park road in the Lost Horse area. Most of the climbs are on the east side of the buttress, so it can be a nice place to climb when it's hot out. Lots of great climbs, and most are fairly steep with great holds. Favorites include White Lightning (5.7), Overseer (5.9), as well as a bunch of fun routes with "Poodle" in the name.
Hemingway is close the the intersection of the main park road and the Lost Horse road. Now that the NPS has redone the road, there's a parking area on the side of the main road labelled "Hemingway Rock." It's just east of the Lost Horse Road. Park there and head south, a couple hundred yards to the first large rock.
Two bolted rap routes: one near the top of White Lightning requires two ropes, a 70m, or some down-scrambling at the bottom; the other is further west and gets you all the way down on a single rope.
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Scary Poodles 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa...
The premiere route on the wall, this stellar line is classic Josh. Found in the center of the formation, this lies just right of a chimney and is identified by left- slanting thin cracks in brown rock. The moves aren't that difficult, but the trick is hanging out long enough to wiggle the gear in. A pin protects the lower crux, although there is another tricky section just below the top. Mostly face climbing with gear, this is like an advanced version of Poodles Are People Too, which lies furt...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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