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New World Order S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c A0

Description

This large block, with it's distinctive and overhanging south face, sits high atop a rubble pile with a somewhat level shelf beneath it providing a convenient spot to drop the packs.

Four known routes are found here, including two of Joshua Tree's more classic sport routes - Dictators of Anarchy (aka The Skinhead Arete) (5.12c) which takes a striking line up the sharp southwest arete and New World Order (5.13b A0) which heads directly up the swell of the impressive south face. The burly and steep crack of Human Sacrifice (5.11c) is found on the southeast face while the northwest face houses the runout Defenders of the Farce (5.10a R) which also happens to be the easiest route to the summit.

Getting There

Walk east passing the Volcano Boulder to this formation, an obvious square block with a overhung south face which resembles a breaking wave. The easiest way to the formation is a bit tricky - walk along the rubble pile until you reach a house size boulder down low which has split into two, skirting it on it's right side and then continue uphill past it heading right, with minimal scrambling, until just beneath the formation where an easy but exposed scramble will get you to the base.

Should you nail the approach you'll do very little scrambling and boulder hopping but if not you'll end up marooned between massive blocks with huge drop-offs which will slow you down considerably. The approach takes about 20-60 minutes from the road depending upon the route taken.

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