|The Thin Wall
The East Face of The Thin Wall is a top-roper's dream come true. There is something for everyone here - from 5.6 to 5.11a. There are a handful of bolts up top (Congratulations and Count On Your Fingers / No Calculators Allowed), and where there aren't bolts, gear is required. If toproping, a short static rope or some long webbing is especially helpful.
The downside of Thin Wall is that on any given day, there are about a million people here which creates a bit of a circus-like atmosphere. Thin Wall is popular with the Boy Scouts, church groups, and every other institutional group you could imagine.
The difficulty of the routes tends to generally increase as one moves left along the face.
Nearly all of the routes can be led safely, except for Child's Play (5.10d) and Congratulations (5.11a) - the two leftmost routes. Although it doesn't receive an "R" rating in Vogel's guide, I have personally stayed away from leading The Face of Tammy Faye (5.8), as pro looks sparse.
Descent: scramble to the north or south (4th class), or rap off fixed anchors for No Calculators Allowed
From Real Hidden Valley parking area, follow nature trail north to "T" intersection. Head left (NW) on trail. The Thin Wall is the prominent rock "fin" on your right.
13 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Congratulations 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b
: Joshua Tree National Park
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Approach Thin Wall's east side. Toward the left (south) end of the east side, near the wall's highest point, you will see a broad 3-foot roof with two tiers split by a crack. The right side of this roof is higher than the left. Congratulations climbs a system of small and insecure face holds and a seam to reach the crack at the roof, then charges through the roof on better holds. Turning the roof and establishing yourself above it is the fun and gymnastic crux. Beta Hint- I actually got my ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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|Comments on The Thin Wall
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 2, 2002
Maybe I was more dialed in at this crag then I was at others, but in my honest opinion, the ratings at this crag were more merciful. I found 5.10+/11- to be at the limit of my ability at most J-tree crags, but not so hard here.
|By David Evans|
Jan 24, 2003
The West face has a route called "Sandbag" that is a very technical lead. One should be a solid 10c leader. Remember to double back your harness. The one time I forgot to was when I led this route. Thank God I didn't fall!
|By Steve Powell|
From: Alhambra, California
Apr 8, 2003
I agree with Tony. I thought that the route ratings were more in line with other crags in the country. in other words, I thought these routes were overrated for Josh.
|By Josh Beck|
Apr 8, 2003
Agreed, the ratings on the Thin Wall feel quite soft to me.
From: Westminster, CO
Jul 15, 2003
On the thin wall the "Crux" is mostly up top. So unless you go up and over don't be so sure you've totally done the route.
|By The Gray Tradster|
Jul 18, 2003
re: crux at top. That's so typical of Josh. the crack gets wide at the top and a little groveling is involved. It's not just the Thin Wall. Done many a route here and cruse'd the crux only to feel like a beached fish at the top.
|By Tyler Logan|
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 31, 2003
Is this officially the most popular formation in Joshua Tree? (based on average # of visitors a day compared to # of climbs)
Aug 1, 2003
Don't confuse the terms "most popular" with "most crowded." There are plenty people who avoid the area like the plague.
|By Fat Dad|
From: Los Angeles, CA
Jan 5, 2009
Just a comment on how the area has changed over the past few years. This area used to be a ghost town since it was primarily a top roping crag and I guess must have lacked a certain cache. I mean you could have shot a cannon at its base and only graze a few plants. Gladly, it's nice to see that its popularity hasn't resulted in a proliferation of bolts.
|By Adam Stackhouse|
Feb 18, 2012
Lynn Hill climbing the Thin Wall
|By Robert Moelder|
From: Cashmere WA
Mar 18, 2013
So I've made many pilgrimages to the climbing Mecca of JTree. Yes I'm a guide book snob. So most of the references to this area talk about the hordes of people. There are no starred routes in the most popular guide to the area. Don't let that keep you away. There are many moderate lines from 5.6 to 5.10. This wall is in the shade most of the day, yet 20 ft. From the base you and your friends basque in the sun and watch the show. We had for lines set up for TR and had fabulous day on half a dozen routes.