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The Fortress is a stunning spine-like formation that runs east to west in the heart of the northern part of the Wonderland of Rocks. Numerous vertical, slanting, or discontinuous crack systems are found on the north face. Directly north of the Fortress is the Flying Fortress and lying west is the Grey Giant and the Tombstone. These formations feature excellent crack and face climbs.
The approach to this area begins in the large parking area near Key's Corner where the boyscout trail to Indian Cove exists. Head northeast on the well-marked trail for about a mile. When the trail forks, take the trail that veers northeast. After about one more mile, the trail ends in a wash that branches northeast and south.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fortress:
Roark 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Natural Selection 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Weekend Warrior 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Catapult 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
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Natural Selection 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Fortress
Natural Selection is a very thin crack in a small right facing corner about 30-40 yards left of Catapult. There is a small roof halfway up. Start a little to the right and climb easy rock to a stance 30' up. Here, step left into the shallow corner. There's no distinct crux, pretty fun climbing the whole way....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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