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The tall and formidable east face of The Blob faces into Hidden Valley Campground proper, and despite it's size has but a small number of poor to good routes from 5.8 to 5.13b in difficulty. Highlights here include Surrealistic Pillar (5.10b) a steep and often overlooked crack system, I'm Not Afraid Anymore (5.11b R) a seldom done Walt Shipley route which slithers it's way up a steep portion of the face and Perfidious (5.6 C2+) a thin overhanging crack/seam which has recently gone free at 5.13b, although most seem happy to still aid it.
Most easily approached by walking along the paved road through the Campground past the east face of the Old Woman and the southeast face of The Blob.
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Surrealistic Pillar 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
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The Persian Room 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Blob - East Face
This climb deserves some recognition! Brilliant, tricky, and sustained climbing through the crux. Off the ground, 5.10-ish climbing leads to about the 1/3 height of the groove and the crux. Hard liebacking, stemming, jams, use of the main and two subsidiary cracks and rounded sides, sloping texture, knee bars, and other trickery will see you through. Once you reach the small pin scars a body length from the sloping ledge, it eases way off. The squeeze chimney above is trivial, perhaps 5.7. This ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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