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Submitted By: RTM on Apr 1, 2003
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James on the steep prow of Psyche (V4), Joshua Tre...


Xenolithic Boulder is a 20 ft. tall, blocky chunk of stone that sits mostly alone in a sandy area near the base of a hill. The SW face is composed of gorgeous black swirled Gneiss intruding fine grained granite. This face is peppered with jugs, and overhangs around 30 degrees. The SE face is a glassy slab with a headwall looming above. The N and S faces are slightly grainy with lots of black intrusions. Roughly 15 problems exist on this boulder, mostly in the .9 to V1 range. The classic being the brilliant black overhanging arete called Psyche.

Getting There 

Fron the main road, look for a paved turnout on the North side of the road near the mouth of Loveland Canyon, a very faint dirt road leads from here to the mouth of the canyon. On the left just before the mouth of the canyon is a hill, Xenolithic Boulder is in front of this hill, near the base. Approach is about 15 min.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Xenolithic Boulder
Nearing the crux of Psyche (V4), Joshua Tree NP

Psyche V4 6B  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Xenolithic Boulder
Climbs a stunning black, overhanging arete with big moves between slick slopers and a "psych" topout. Fire through big triangular slopers, up and left to a rail and a juggy flake. Commit to the psyche move and topout on black fins. The topout is about 20 ft. up with a sandy landing.Also has a sit/traverse called Xenolithic var. or Quickstone, is prolly V5. Sit start on the left side of the small cave at an undercling, traverse right about 6 ft. on slopes and small crimps to the first triangle sl...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Looking towards the Xenolithic Boulder from the road, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Looking towards the Xenolithic Boulder from the ro...
Xenolithic Boulder. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Xenolithic Boulder. Photo by Blitzo.
Xenolithic Boulder-North side. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Xenolithic Boulder-North side. Photo by Blitzo.
Xenolithic Boulder from the Southeast. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Xenolithic Boulder from the Southeast. Photo by Bl...
Xenolithic Boulder (West Face), Joshua Tree NP <br /> <br />A. Greenhorn Route (V-easy) <br />B. Email (V3) <br />C. Enclave (V-easy) <br />D. Autolith (V0) <br />E. Xenocryst (V1)
BETA PHOTO: Xenolithic Boulder (West Face), Joshua Tree NP A....

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