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Sports Challenge Rock Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.014, -116.1692 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

Climbing Season



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]
['<=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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sports Challenge Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sports Challenge Rock:
Championship Wrestling   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Sphincter Quits   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock - Wes...
Clean and Jerk   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
What's It To You   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock - Wes...
Hang and Swing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Cool but Concerned   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Rap Bolters are Weak   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Sports Challenge Rock - Wes...
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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Featured Route For Sports Challenge Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Leave it to Beaver

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

Photos of Sports Challenge Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Colorful Nolinas (Nolina parryii) near Sports Chal...
Colorful Nolinas (Nolina parryii) near Sports Chal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sports Challenge rock view
Sports Challenge rock view
Rock Climbing Photo: Viewed from afar, climber on Leave It To Beaver, 5...
Viewed from afar, climber on Leave It To Beaver, 5...
Rock Climbing Photo: And that's about as far as he got.  Leave It To Be...
And that's about as far as he got. Leave It To Be...
Rock Climbing Photo: A very nice looking pillar!
BETA PHOTO: A very nice looking pillar!

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