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The Old Woman Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.01662, -116.1638 View Map  Incorrect?
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The West Face of 'The Old Woman' in the afternoon

Description 

The Old Woman boasts several fine lines including the notorious Double Cross (IMO, the hardest 5.7 in the Park), Dogleg (an awkward 5.8), Toe Jam, the crowd-pleasing Geronimo, and if you're up to it - Bearded Cabbage (5.10c) and Spider Line (5.11d).


Getting There 

From the bulletin board at Hidden Valley Campground, turn around and you are looking directly at the east face of The Old Woman. The right-angling crack is Toe Jam / Spider.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.1 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',4],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',12],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Old Woman

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Old Woman:
Toe Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Old Woman - East Face
Geronimo   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   The Old Woman - East Face
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman - West Face
Dogleg   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Orphan   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Sexy Grandma   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Dandelion   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Band Saw   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Bearded Cabbage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - East Face
Bridwell-Sustad   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Old Woman - West Face
Route 499   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   The Old Woman - West Face
Spider Line   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Old Woman - East Face
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Featured Route For The Old Woman
Rock Climbing Photo: double cross

Double Cross 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Old Woman - West Face
One of the best and most accessible of the easier moderates, Double Cross is perhaps the most climbed (i.e, crowded) route in the entire Park. Those who have not yet developed basic jamming technique will find this route quite difficult. Although easily protected, this route has been the site of several serious injuries and a few fatalities over the years.Begin by climbing 25' up and then traverse left to gain the main crack. Continue for another 70' of stellar hand to fist crack. Belay from ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Old Woman Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: South West face of the Old Woman
South West face of the Old Woman
Rock Climbing Photo: The Old Woman - West Face
BETA PHOTO: The Old Woman - West Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Old Woman-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Old Woman-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Old Woman formation
BETA PHOTO: The Old Woman formation
Rock Climbing Photo: The Old Woman-West. Photo by Blitzo.
The Old Woman-West. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Old Woman.
The Old Woman.
Rock Climbing Photo: Old Woman and joshua tree. Photo by Blitzo.
Old Woman and joshua tree. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Did You Know??  The Old Woman has had another name...
Did You Know?? The Old Woman has had another name...
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Double Cross
Leading Double Cross
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly onsighting Double Cross
Kelly onsighting Double Cross
Rock Climbing Photo: The Old Woman peering out from her shawl, Joshua T...
The Old Woman peering out from her shawl, Joshua T...
Rock Climbing Photo: The park's namesake tree.
The park's namesake tree.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another one...
Another one...
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the top of the old woman
The view from the top of the old woman
Rock Climbing Photo: Reaching for placements high up on the Dogleg
Reaching for placements high up on the Dogleg
Rock Climbing Photo: The Old Woman - East Face
BETA PHOTO: The Old Woman - East Face

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