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Elevation: 7,482 ft 2,281 m
GPS: 42.72912, -108.86395
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Description Suggest change

The Joint is the imposing, multi-tiered, streaked granite wall at the top of Sinks. It is the first proper cliff encountered along the Waterfall Trail and is split by a large corridor. Both sides of the cliff have routes on their respective lower and upper tiers. Most of the routes are gently overhanging on high quality stone. Expect much more stylistic variety than the dolomite climbing in the Sinks. Edges, compression, slopers, kneebars, and good footwork all come into play.

Look out for snakes, poison ivy, and rascally hikers on the falls trail.

Getting There Suggest change

Park at Bruce's, cross the bridge, and walk down the waterfall trail for about five minutes. Look for cairns and a faint trail that switchbacks up the hillside. From this turnoff onto the climber's trail, the small buttress known as The Moose's Hump should be visible directly above (see photos of the approach for the Moose's Hump). Switchback moderately up the hillside until below the Moose's Hump and follow cairns west across the talus to the base of the large overhanging wall with multiple tiers (The Joint). The walk should only take 12-15 minutes once you know where to go.

NOTE: The guidebook recommends walking on the main hiking trail until hitting the talus directly below The Joint and then blasting straight up the loose blocks to the base of the wall. This approach is a good option if you're looking to train your legs for objectives like The Ogre or Latok 1 but fell out of favor with frequent visitors to the crag after the appearance of the more moderately graded climber's trail. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Joint

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Dreamgate Frontier
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 9
Stone Pulse
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 29
Mr. Big Shot
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 20
Obscured by Clowns
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Big Smoke
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 7
Suburban Kids with Biblical Names
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 14
Bluebeard
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Oral History
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Self-Ignition
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 15
Feel The Bern
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 5
Democratic and Cool
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 6
Honk If You're Lonely
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 10
Broken Heroes
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 5
TS Arete
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 4
Bad Brain
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dreamgate Frontier
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Stone Pulse
 9
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Mr. Big Shot
 29
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Obscured by Clowns
 20
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Big Smoke
 10
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Suburban Kids with Biblical…
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Bluebeard
 14
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Oral History
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Self-Ignition
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Feel The Bern
 15
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Democratic and Cool
 5
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Honk If You're Lonely
 6
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Broken Heroes
 10
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
TS Arete
 5
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Bad Brain
 4
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
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