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Pillar of Despair

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Pillar of Despair Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.4813, -117.1295 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Dec 7, 2007
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This is the west pillar of the twin pillars of Hope and Despair. It stands about 30’ high and has several nice .10’s and .11’s, one each on the west face and one each on the east face, in the corridor between the pillars. Due to the location of routes, there is always something to climb whether you are looking for shade or for sun. The rock is solid and grainy, like elsewhere in the Cemetery, with a few hollow flakes thrown in for good measure. The signature route is War Machine (5.11a) in the center of the west face.

Getting There 

Approach as for the Cemetery but continue south on the main trail. Follow the trail to the left. The first formation you come to is the Pillar of Despair. If already in the center of the Cemetery, head south and turn right after passing the Pillar of Hope. The Pillar of Despair lies directly to the west of its twin.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pillar of Despair

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pillar of Despair:
War Machine   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Featured Route For Pillar of Despair
Rock Climbing Photo: moving from the second bolt

Drugged and Driving 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : High Desert : ... : Pillar of Despair
Climb juggy patina plates to a crux past the 1st bolt on thin edges then head left around the arete and lieback your way up to a stance below the last bolt where a quick pull on good holds gains jugs which are mantled over the top to anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pillar of Despair from the trail, The Cemetery
Pillar of Despair from the trail, The Cemetery
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pillar of Despair.  Mike Williams on War Machi...
The Pillar of Despair. Mike Williams on War Machi...

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