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Facing south east on the west-most rock with climbing at Indian Joe Caves, Shoelace Joe ascends the overhanging slight dihedral right of the start of the 5.11b roof climb (and well left of Bat Crack). Originally, we attempted it as a more exciting start to the 11b, but soon realized that it had its own personality as a quality bouldering problem. Stay right of the simpler vertical face just right of the arete.
Underneath this problem is nothing but scree, so a crash pad is essential (2 would be good). If you chose to top rope it, there's bolts atop the rock some 35 feet up, you'll want to bring long slings though, because the bolts were not set for this side of the rock.
|By Brian Quiter|
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 9, 2002
Aron wanted to know why I called this problem 'Shoelace Joe'.So as it would have it, I'd been working the problem for a good while, and when i finally got it, my recently untied shoelace got in the way not once, but twice! Being at Indian Joe Caves, I figured I'd give a shout out to old Joe while bringing to attention my own inability to keep my shoes tied.
Oh, and you can walk off to the left on about a 5.7 face to get down.