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Sports Challenge Rock - East Face 
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Sports Challenge Rock 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.014, -116.1692 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tony B on Dec 22, 2008
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Description 

This formation is, by its position and merit, the centerpiece of the Real Hidden Valley. There are more routes with stars to be done on the various faces of this wall than on most other formations in the area. The variety of climbing alone is remarkable with cracks, faces, overhangs, roofs and even a girdle traverse to be done.

The routes are generally on solid, chocolate-colored stone and with routes facing all directions there is always something in or out of the sun depending upon the temperature. The fixed anchors on top can easily be reached from above by almost any of the routes for a rap to the ground. Note: Vogel's 1992 guide has a picture of the west face (page 154) that's numbered incorrectly by eleven.

Classics here include the popular and thinly protected Sphincter Quits (5.9), the thuggy Clean and Jerk (5.10c), the tenuous What's It To You (5.10d) and the classic-looking Leave It To Beaver (5.12a).


Getting There 

Enter the Real Hidden Valley via the south and look for a huge grey and tan bulbous rock in the center of the loop trail. Approach via a well-worn trail from the south, which splits to go to the east face (right) or west face (left). Some easy scrambling is required to reach the base of a few of the routes.

Please do not shortcut the trails here, as the pressure of too many people doing so is harder than necessary on the desert plant life; there is no shortage of established trails to follow.


20 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',7],['5.11',3],['5.12',4],['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 Sports Challenge Rock:
Championship Wrestling   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Sphincter Quits   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock - Wes...
Clean and Jerk   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Hang and Swing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
What's It To You   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock - Wes...
Cool but Concerned   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Rap Bolters are Weak   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sports Challenge Rock - Wes...
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Unknown climber leading Clean and Jerk.

Clean and Jerk 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
What a classic line! Approach Sports Challenge Rock on the southeast side and scamble down into the shaded "slot" on that side. Near the left end of the east face, and just left of an large pine tree, you'll see a prominent curving crack that starts about 20 feet off the ground and arcs upward to the top of the rock. A few scoops and seams lead up though steep terrain to this crack. Boulder up scoops and seams up and left through a slight overhang, placing a few good nuts along the way. These ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Colorful Nolinas (Nolina parryii) near Sports Challenge Rock, Joshua Tree NP
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And that's about as far as he got.  Leave It To Beaver, 5.12a
And that's about as far as he got. Leave It To Be...
A very nice looking pillar!
BETA PHOTO: A very nice looking pillar!
Sports Challenge rock view
Sports Challenge rock view
Viewed from afar, climber on Leave It To Beaver, 5.12a
Viewed from afar, climber on Leave It To Beaver, 5...
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