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One of Joshua Tree's most improbable moderate rout...
Approach Steve Canyon from either Hidden Valley Campground or the Quail Springs Road via climber's trail's leading to the mouth of the canyon.
Looking north into the back of Steve Canyon one will see a very prominent roof on the left near some pine trees - this is Super Roof. Continue up the canyon by means of a trail and scrambling to reach the base.
Super Roof is the obvious roof crack 15' left of a prominent offwidth roof crack (Comfortably Numb, 5.11). Scramble onto a ledge to begin, and climb the imposing roof which is easier than it looks. Take care not to get your rope stuck, it happens more often than you might think. Descend to climber's right.
Although short this climb is lots of fun, has great exposure and good rock. The approach is minimal too, but enough to keep the masses away. This is a nice spot to get away and do some quality lines.
Gear to 3.5"
Fred Batliner hanging it out. Photo by Chris Owen
Around the corner on Super Roof.
Kathy Boussina climbs an overhanging crack and fac...
Jhon Dubrawski contemplates the crux of 'Super Roo...
Jophn Dubrawski sets some gear before finishing on...
Moving through the crux on Super Roof. 5.9
About to pull the lip
|By Anonymous Coward|
Jul 16, 2002
Yes, I did what I guess many have done. After pulling the roof I irretrieveably fixed the rope in a cam below the lip. Repeated pleas for slack never seem to unstick a rope jammed into #3 Camalot teeth. Unwilling to reverse the roof and uncertain about the state of my repositioned cam, I untied and soloed to the top, walked off and tapped my buddy on the shoulder (reclining out of view from above, where he still had me on 'belay').
|By tom donnelly|
Aug 15, 2002
To keep the rope out of the crack, I seem to recall you could stick a balled up old tshirt in the crack.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 6, 2003
Fun route with nice sustained movement.
Aug 20, 2003
I found the key to reducing rope drag on this route is to sling my gear and keep the rope slacked out a bit more. Good fun route with solid protection. I agree, it's short.
From: Lyons, CO
Mar 25, 2007
Fun, but a bit short for more than two stars. By using runners below and a 3-inch piece just above the roof, I had no problem with the rope getting stuck. The 3.5 camalot mentioned above is gone.