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Watergate Rock

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Watergate Rock 


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Submitted By: C Miller on Nov 6, 2003
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Description 

Several hundred yards southwest of the Comic Strip formation is this solitary crag sitting on the desert floor. The majority of routes tend to be short face climbs, although some cracks are to be found here as well. Routes range in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.11d with most in the 5.10 and under range making this a good location for climbers seeking that range. Highlights include H.R. Hardman (5.8), T-N-T (5.10c) and Dirty Tricks (5.11d).


Getting There 

Approach as for the main Comic Book formation, but veer off right following a faint path to the obvious formation. The hike takes about 15 minutes from the car.


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Looking south at T-N-T.  The route follows the "staircase" pattern in the middle of the face.

T-N-T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Watergate Rock
A short but fun sport route up the north face of the large block leaning against the northeast face of Watergate Rock. An overhung start plants you onto a narrow flake/ramp which leads upwards to the crux - delicate smearing where the ramp ends. Well-protected and fun with a variety of moves on good rock. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By C Miller
Administrator
Nov 6, 2003

Click here for info on the Watergate scandal.

By Anonymous Coward
Dec 5, 2003

The area is a slab formation with some fun 5.7-5.9 problems. I think there are three top rope anchors for these slab problems. Lead bolts are present, but run out. To get to these routs you have to scramble up to a large deck (and further up for the anchors).

By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Oct 10, 2004

yesterday we were out messing around on the "Slabs" and had somewhat of a Bee problem. I am not sure if there is a hive right at the base, but the damned things were there in the hundreds flying around. We had to bail leaving the area completely. Could be Africanized bees??? Can you tell the difference by how the look?

By Blitzo
Sep 18, 2006

The Africanized ones make strange clicking sounds when they talk.