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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.
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.
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Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver) 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 70' Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
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Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver) 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
This climb is the centerpiece of Sports Challenge Rock and is located two climbs to the right of Clean and Jerk (5.10c) just right of a large pine tree. Boulder up a short face to a sloping ledge and from there make a series of technical, strenuous moves up an overhanging wall past a flake to a horizontal. From there the climb continues up steep rock past more horizontals to the top.Usually (and easily) top-roped this climb is a great climb to pump out on, as it is a far cry from the usual slab p...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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