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The Blob  

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.01822, -116.16435 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: M.Morley on Jun 17, 2002


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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.

Getting There 

Buissonier 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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Blob:
The Bong   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Blob - North Face
Buissonier   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   The Blob - Southeast Face
Swagger   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Blob - West Face
Mama Woolsey   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Blob - Southeast Face
Papa Woolsey   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Blob - Southeast Face
Surrealistic Pillar   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   The Blob - East Face
Hobbit Roof   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Blob - West Face
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Featured Route For The Blob
Photo by Chris Fox.

Buissonier 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Blob - Southeast Face
I never have figured out quite how to pronounce the name of this climb. I also have no idea what the hell a buissonier is. A buisson is a bush. The nearest I can figure is buissonniere, French for "to play truant or skip school". In any case, a pretty good climb.Begin behind campsite (#21). First moves off the deck are awkward - protect with small nut or TCU to avoid castration from sharp fin of rock below in the event of a fall. Either jam or lieback the left-angling crack. Gear be...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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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.
By eddyizm
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.
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