Sports Challenge Rock Rock Climbing
Oh no! OUT OF COFFEE! ALL IS LOST
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
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.
Weather station 10.4 miles from here
20 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sports Challenge Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sports Challenge Rock:
Featured Route For Sports Challenge Rock
Cool but Concerned 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Just to the right of Championship Wrestling (the obvious offwidth crack that splits the wall into two) lies this high-quality face route. Climb thin technical face along a thin crack/seam that jogs right near the top. Excellent rock and tenuous climbing mark this route that will make you work for your ascent. Climbing it is one matter, but hanging on long enough to protect it is another! Don't be misled by the rating as it is equal in difficulty to sport climbs much harder. Excellent route ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA