BETA PHOTO: Wooly Spider Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
This formation boasts a couple of easy fifth class lines on its north face, an ugly crack, and a very "crunchy" bolted face up its west shoulder. Its a great spot to take beginners, with a fifteen second approach from the car, a "real" summit (no walk off), and routes that can be done by just about anyone in any type of footwear. If there's nothing fixed on top, you can descend by downclimbing one of the 5.2s, or have someone on the ground tie-off one end of the rope on one side and rap off the other.
This boulder lies at the north end of the Stirrup Towers (the north-south ridge of formations on the left as you pull into the parking area). It is easily identified by the grovelly chimney/widecrack on the right side of its north face.
Weather station 12.1 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
Featured Route For Wooly Spider Boulder
Tarantula 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Wooly Spider Boulder
Start off a boulder right of Arachnids and below the left of two parallel cracks which split the formation from above. Climb easy face up and left, going where the holds are larger and more secure, to meet a horizontal crack (3" cam here) which is followed right as it turns into a off-vertical hand crack. Belay/rap from coldshuts between the two cracks. Fun climbing on good rock with a nice mix of face and crack climbing make this a fun outing for beginners. One star out of five....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Wooly Spider Boulder. Photo by Blitzo.
By C Miller
Feb 7, 2005
A great rock for novice climbers that's similar to the Wave Boulder (near Barker Dam) except it also has some crack climbing. Easy climbs right off the road and a distinct lack of people most of the time.
By Jerry C.
From: Cathedral City, Ca
Sep 14, 2008
One of the hangers above arachnids is a spinner, and the cold shut that was glued is getting loose. This is a great place to take someone for their first time on the rock.
By Brandt Allen
From: Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 22, 2010
There is now a beefy chain anchor at the top of Arachnids and a two cold-shut anchor between the tops of Tarantula and Wooly Spider.