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This is a small formation to the east of echo rock, next to the west face of Little Hunk. Most routes climb the upper rock section split by an obvious wide crack which is Deep Throat (5.9). To the north sits a smaller formation with a short crack on the west face, which is Eff Eight(5.8).
Park in between Echo Cove and Barker Dam and head north around Little Rock Candy Mountain. Head towards the formation with a splitter crack and hole (Deep Throat). Scramble up right to the base of most of the routes.
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Eff Eight 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Deep Throat 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
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Deep Throat 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Mounds
There seems to be two different ways to do this unique route - the first way involves coming out of the hole from inside the rock and then worming into position to tackle the short wide section of crack above. The second method is to grab the bottom of the hole (it's possible to sling the hole for pro), mantle up and then reach into the crack to establish yourself. Once in the wide crack above (4" pro is helpful) a few offwidth moves give way to easier climbing as the angle kicks back on the way...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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