The Pond Rock Climbing
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2. Walk up the canyon along the road for approximately 300 yards until you reach a bridge, then cross either under the bridge or on the road (a), depending on your comfort level with dodging texting teens and semis.
3. from here (b) work your way across the boulders up and to the right towards a small tree at the edge of a small pool.
4. Traverse behind the tree around the edge of the pool. Or if you have your hands full with climbing gear, a stick clip, a sack lunch, a rambunctious dog, etc…
4.alt. Take an alternate route from right of the whitish boulder up and over through some 3rd class terrain and drop back down on the back right side of the pool.
5. Work your way up through some more vertical 3rd-4th class terrain behind and to the right of the pool. There is a webbing hand line attached to a piece of rebar (e) and a rebar ladder to facilitate the steeper terrain (especially on the reverse trip).
6. Work back left across the stream via a few different options, and you should be able to see the eponymous “pond” and the start of many of the routes such as “Dead Pool, Easy Pool, and the big sweeping overhanging wall with the area test pieces like “Desert Devil” and “The Emerald”
7. Continue up a trail at the base of the wall behind and heading up and to the left from the pond to get to the rest of the routes.
8. If you reach a wide flat area with a heinous looking roof climb to your right, a rock cairn, and a view down and out of the canyon, you’ve reached a good reference point to get you oriented to the climbs of the area. The big roof is “Just Can’t Get Any” (5.12b), and Arete Horizon (5.10a) and Pocket Puzzle (5.10a) to the left, and Rocky Horror Picture Show (5.10d) and Pocket Pulling Pansies (5.10) to the right.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Pond
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