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B-Rad enjoys a nice Lazy Day. Photo: Mike Morley
Thirty feet from the left edge of the rock is this steep finger/hand crack that passes a horizontal crack partway up. Gear belay and easy walk/scramble down a low-angled ramp off the backside (climber's left).
Although this route can be a little awkward in spots it's good fun and the short approach is hard to beat. A popular route and a good introduction to the Hall of Horrors. Three stars out of five.
Located on the same rock as Dog Day Afternoon but this route is on the east face and faces directly towards the road.
Gear to 2.5", especially wires
Mark leading Lazy Day.
Leading lazy day on an awesome Jtree afternoon in ...
Shown here is a picture of Dan cleaning for Lori a...
The sun is setting as we are looking for the rappe...
Christa Cline working up to the ramp near the star...
A climber prepares to rappel after completing "Laz...
Lluis Penalver-Aquila doing a fancy Egyptian. (c) ...
A quick run up Lazy Day before the drive home
BETA PHOTO: Lazy Day beta photograph.
Lazy Day (5.7), Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Lazy Day (5.7), Joshua Tree NP
Lots of Beavertail Cactus near this climb...
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 21, 2002
A couple of comments:
1) The anchor/rap bolts are about 20' to the right of the top of the route (atop Cactus Flower) and a single rope rap will get you back to the ground.
2) The route protects nicely with medium-size nuts. Didn't use anything larger than a #1 Camalot.
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jan 13, 2003
Yes, this is a good climb to practice the vanishing art of chock-craft. Repeated this route again yesterday (12/28/07) for the umpteenth time - man it was cold. Some nice moves through the traverse and up and into the crack above. There's a short down climb and then a careful walk off. I've never rappelled this route.
|By Mike Epke|
From: Denver, CO
Mar 17, 2003
Did this route while on trip to the park and enjoyed it. Definitely will eat up nuts, but also smaller cams, there are places towards the top that a bigger (#2 or #3) can be used. Bigger cams cams be used for the belay anchor as well, the rap chains are too far away to belay from.
Mar 17, 2003
Why would anyone rap from this route? The downclimb takes less than a minute!
|By Steve Powell|
From: Alhambra, California
Apr 29, 2003
a fun climb. a little awkward for me the first time I led it.I agree, why put in a rap anchor? the downclimb is cake.
Sep 11, 2003
The walk off is a bit steep for beginners.
Short but sweet and protects well.
Solid but no harder
Feb 10, 2004
After having not placed gear in over a year I felt pretty good just walking up and flashing this route, although I had to twist myself into a pretzel to get up it. LOL. Honestly it would be quite scary for a first lead but it's certainly not a sand bag, it's par for the course at JT...
|By Jim Kowalski|
Feb 11, 2004
I've been wanting to chop that pointless eyesore rap anchor for years. But I'll let someone else do it. Even if that anchor was put there to TR that wall it's pointless. There's natural pro right above it.
Feb 12, 2004
Please leave the Cactus Flower anchors alone. They were put there for a good anchor for THAT route (not Lazy Day). They have been there for many years.
|By Brian Reynolds|
Apr 14, 2004
Fun climb, even though it's really short. Pretty easy for 5.7, although I'm not sure I'd downgrade it to 5.6.
From: Westminster, CO
May 12, 2004
Protects well. Not much gear needed. I also agree on the walkoff being easy. No need to use anchors. Easy to place pro fro anchors. Short, fun.
|By Infernal Doom Fanatic|
Oct 1, 2004
Fun climb on tricky but positive jugs and a nice crack. Sucks up the pro nicely and seems to be a crowd pleaser.Definately worth climbing.Easy walk off.
|By Lluis Penalver-Aguila|
Mar 31, 2009
Fun climb that puts one into some awkward positions. Fairly good pro throughout, a few spots are run out but holds are solid.
|By peachy spohn|
Mar 31, 2009
Really fun for the grade and relatively straight forward. You can traverse at the end to the anchors of Cactus Flower and rap off from there. Safe and in the shade in the late afternoon.
From: Boise, ID
Dec 29, 2009
A few slightly awkward moves, but there were good jugs and great pro the whole way. I didn't see any bolts on top, but I don't think it needs them. One of the fastest walkoffs in Joshua Tree.
|By Rodger Raubach|
Mar 11, 2011
Nice climb, and correctly graded at 5.7. Good pro.
|By Russ Walling|
Mar 29, 2011
hahaha... hohoho....bwhaaaaa..... LOL!!!!!6666
Which one of you punters is going to fess up to putting SIX FEET of chain at the top of this thing as an anchor! Humans.... best comedy on earth!
|By fat cow|
From: Salinas, CA
Jan 2, 2012
you're joking about the chains right? it takes less than a minute to walk off this thing, and you could reasonably take about five or so minutes to make a top belay anchor. chains though really?
Jan 14, 2012
A solid 5.7. Easy to protect, but moderately awkward in a couple spots. Easy downclimb off the back side.
|By Matt N|
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 29, 2012
Bring a couple #2 for the top anchor.
|By Paul Pelletier|
Apr 25, 2013
Would agree with what has been said already, nuts and stoppers work best on this route. Some larger cams (camalot 2-3) help with creating a top anchor.