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Routes in Morbid Mound

'Til Death Do Us Fart T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
3rd Class It T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A Last Cigarette Senor? T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ambulance Driver T 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
Be Wary T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Be Wary of Your Physician's Assistant TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Bouncer T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Brimstone Stairway T 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a R
DOA T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
Deadheads T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Disappearing Belayer T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Flies on the Wound T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fly in the Ointment TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Hillside Strangler T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Morituri Te Salutamus T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Myrmecocystus Ewarti T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
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Description

Crappy choss-pile out in the middle of the desert (north of the Indian Cove family camps and east of the group camps). Morbid is small (20-30 feet tall), grainy, and crumbly and, while there are a decent number of climbs, none of them are much to write home about. Neither Vogel nor Bartlett has much good to say about this rock, and it deserves its reputation.

Despite all of this, it is inexplicably popular with large TR groups -- park the van and unload the kids out to Morbid Mound. Fine, that's one less crowd on the better climbs.

Getting There

Morbid Mound is located several hundred yards north of Short Wall (or, alternatively, a couple hundred yards east of the intersection of Indian Cove Road and the group camp road). Easiest approach is probably to pull over onto the side of the Indian Cove Road near the group camp area and head east.

A better idea would be to skip this one and climb something else.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Morbid Mound

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Locker
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
There are some good, fun, short routes that are worth going at it if you don't mind the short hike. Also some good soloing. Aug 22, 2003
Locker
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
Right at the base of Disapearing Belayer in the crack is a rather large bee hive. They appear to be regular old bees because when disturbed, they do not go full bore on your exposed areas. But to be on the safe side, don't disturb them and for sure if they fly around your head and such, don't panic................chances are, they'll leave you alone..... Nov 27, 2004
Blitzo  
A fun place for easy soloing. Watch out for bees! Sep 29, 2006
Brian in SLC
Sandy, Utah
Brian in SLC   Sandy, Utah
Fun routes for the grade, short approach, nice location, warm on a sunny cold day, with pretty ok rock. Added bonus is there's no road traffic. Good little place to take a few folks for some mellow, easier climbs. Jan 4, 2010
Mary Moser
Joshua Tree, CA
Mary Moser   Joshua Tree, CA
It's kind of funny how the initial description makes Morbid Mound sound so much more morbid than it is. Especially since those who have climbed here have given the routes some stars. Just a silly observation! Jan 31, 2011

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