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Katrina Wall 


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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jun 23, 2009
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Description 

Katrina Wall is the north-most of the central walls of Voodoo Garden. It faces east and north and is home to some of the best routes in the Holcomb area. All routes are bolted and feature nice movement, sometimes quite sequential, with moments of airy exposure. Although there are occasional flakes of questionable solidity, the quality of rock is very good; most of the holds are solid and the routes clean, despite not having been climbed much at this point. Named for the hurricane that almost wiped out New Orleans in ’05, the route names on Katrina call to mind the flavor of the Big Easy.

Routes listed from left to right -

When the Levee Breaks (5.9)
Bourbon Street (5.9)
Mardi Gras (5.9+)
French Quartered (5.7)
Blue Bayou (5.7)
The Big Easy (5.8)


Getting There 

From the lower sections of the Voodoo Garden, work your way north and west, past Peyronie’s Wall, across the boulders up the hillside to the base of Katrina.


6 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Katrina Wall:
Blue Bayou   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
When the Levee Breaks   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Bourbon Street   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mardi Gras   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Katrina Wall
Me leading the vertical midsection of Bourbon Street. <br /> <br />Photo by Mike Williams

Bourbon Street 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Katrina Wall
Starts about five feet right of When the Levee Breaks. Work up and right to a bulge. Pull the crux on solid holds and continue up and right. Near the top of a right-slanting crack head straight up through a secondary crux to reach the anchor. While Bourbon Street feels a little easy for the grade, it incorporates a variety of technique; this one is fun all the way to the top! Rappel to descend....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Katrina Wall from the northeast.
BETA PHOTO: Katrina Wall from the northeast.
Looking southeast from Katrina Wall.
Looking southeast from Katrina Wall.
The east face of Katrina Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The east face of Katrina Wall.
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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Oct 13, 2010

When you head back down the boulders from Katrina, and step down onto the sand, looking east there's a big tree on the left, behind that tree there's a bolted route up a shattered pillar. Anyone know what it's called and it's grade? It looks kinda nice.

By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Aug 28, 2011

I would love to know the name of the route. I lead it today - I would say it goes at .11a, mostly due to the slabby moves on the upper portion.

I couldn't find the route, much less the rock, in the Treasures of Big Bear Basin guidebook (if this is the same route you are talking about). I think it has 6 bolts and chain anchor.

By C Miller
Administrator
Aug 29, 2011

Chris, that sounds like Flibbertigibbet.

By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Mar 7, 2012

That's it! Thanks Chris.