The Blob from The Iron Door Cave boulders. Photo b...
The Blob is the next large formation north of The Old Woman in Hidden Valley Campground.
On the East Face (facing the campground), Papa Woolsey
(5.10b) is one of the few true JT "sport routes". Mama Woolsey
(5.10a R) lies just right of Papa Woolsey, and is tricky to protect (think RP's) below the crux and a serious lead. Buissonier
is a fun 5.7 around the corner left of the previous routes. Descents for these routes is an exposed walk-off to the south.
On the West Face, The Bong
is an easily-protectable 5.4 that makes for an excellent first trad lead (Others include Beginner's Two
(5.2) and Beginner's One
(5.3). Hobbit Roof
(5.10d) is short but sweet, and the crimpy crux is protected with a bolt.
and the Woolsey routes are approached through campsite (#21) along paved loop of HVCG. Be sure to ask for permission before charging through an occupied campsite.
Weather station 10.0 miles from here
25 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
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The Bong 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : The Blob - North Face
Approach: Probably several. The easiest I've found is to locate Hobbit Roof at the base of the backside (west face) of The Blob. From here, scramble up gully to the right to the base of the route.At 5.4, The Bong is a fantastic first trad lead and as well as an excellent free-solo. It offers excellent jams and is easy to protect. The crux is a small "roof". Beyond the crux, the angle lessens and it's straight-in jamming to the top. Once on top, a large boulder sits directly in-line with th...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Flying T
Apr 15, 2003
Down-climb for the north end looks exposed, but isn't bad. From atop The Bong et al, head east down the slab to find a short crack with ample plates for holds. Descend ~7 feet, then through an eye and past a deep cave (don't wake the residents). Straight down another short, exposed north-facing crack drops you about 50 feet east of The Bong.
By Jeff Buhl
Apr 12, 2009
If you are climbing up Beginners One or Beginners Two expect the down climb to be of about the same difficulty but much more exposed (and w/o a rope). For a rock with so many beginner climbs it could use a rap anchor. Looks like a few have been chopped.
Jan 1, 2013
I agree with the comment above, with a rock with so many beginner routes, there should be at least one set of anchors for rapping (no TR) especially when you see the down climb as the crux of these routes.