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Many excellent formations are to be found in this extensive area that generally has short easy approaches. Many classics are found in this area that's not far from the campground but feels like it is. Cracks, faces, mixed routes and even some sport climbs are here.
The Outback is the large collection of formations that are found to the north of Hidden Valley Campground. They extend from near the Quail Springs Road (Steve Canyon) east towards Echo Cove (Peyote Cracks wall) and north to Dutzi Rock. Approaches vary but most are made via Hidden Valley Campground as this typically affords the shortest walk.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Outback:
Sidewinder 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70' Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Diamondback 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70' Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The Decompensator of Lhasa 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70' Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Jumping Jack Crack 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Wet T-Shirt Night 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Apartheid 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50' Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
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Sidewinder 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Begin in the center of the formation at a left-facing flake and climb up this to a bolt. Thin face past the bolt (crux) leads into a left-arching crack system and then a vertical crack which ends at the obvious dike. Mantle up, clip a bolt and then make a long, thought-provoking traverse up and left until able to reach the top. To descend downclimb/leap across a gap to reach a pinnacle with rap anchors located to the climber's left. This is another semi-classic route to do and one that won't soo...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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