The technical crux is definitely getting off the ground but the mental crux is continuing up and getting clipped to the first bolt. Continuing up from here eases a bit but is still good, fun face climbing. Although the runout to the top is quite far, it is not that difficult. You could veer right to easier ground if need be. Although Carville's guide shows the climb to go straight up to the first bolt, I think the climb starts about 5' right of the bolt and goes straight up finally gaining good holds even with bolt and then a reasonable traverse left to get clipped. Going straight up to the bolt from the ground looks much harder than 5.9!
The Slide is the right-most climb on East Face and is found just right of Unknown about 20' right of the right slanting climb called The Slash.
Two widely spaced bolts protect the route in a typical Joshua Tree style. Two new bolts with chains act as anchors and rappel bolts.
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Oct 11, 2009
Hard climb for me. Very small foot holds and small sloping handholds. We did it on TR, which can be set up with some slings, and 3rd/4th class to the anchors from the right. There are NO rap chains or chains on these anchors
From: Rocklin, Ca
Jul 3, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Felt harder than Unknown. The commiting part felt like getting to the first bolt, not the moves beyond it. First bolt 15ish' up with a large boulder and some rubble in the landing zone. Moves beyond that were fun and positive. There is a second bolt on the route and the anchor looks good.