BETA PHOTO: Stirrup Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Stirrup Rock has something for everyone, anytime of the year. The south face is a wind-sheltered sunbowl on the most frigid days of winter, while the north face catches shade in the warmer seasons. The crag is notable for its bulletproof dark-brown patina, which is flawless, with a smattering of light-colored stone, which isn't. On the south side, Peter Eater Pumpkin Eater
is a tricky .10 finger crack with a low crux, while Overpowered By Funk
just to the right is an ultra classic 5.12b toprope (or exciting lead). On the north face, Jugular Vein
(5.8) is an amazing moderate that swallows gear, while Freckle Face (5.11a) will elicit a smile even as your fingers and forearms pump out for the finishing crux.
From the parking area, head west to Zippy rock, then turn right and head north to the major big brown crag with the long tall fingercrack. Scramble around the right(east) end to access the routes on the north side. Descend the slab on the east end to a rap from bolts or a couple easy fifth-class smears down to the boulders.
Weather station 12.1 miles from here
13 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Seebolt 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Stirrup Rock - North Face
Seebolt begins in a left-leaning hand and finger crack that starts off the far left side of a steep blank wall. Reach right to clip the first bolt and launch into the bouldery crux. Press out a steep mantle and continue onto the well-featured upper wall. Fun climbing on easier terrain leads to a fixed anchor. An optional 1.5"-2" piece can supplement between the 2nd and 3rd bolts. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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