Elevation: 4,200 ft
GPS: 34.014, -116.169 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tony B on Dec 22, 2008
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

This formation is, by its position and merit, the centerpiece of the Real Hidden Valley. There are more routes with stars to be done on the various faces of this wall than on most other formations in the area. The variety of climbing alone is remarkable with cracks, faces, overhangs, roofs and even a girdle traverse to be done.

The routes are generally on solid, chocolate-colored stone and with routes facing all directions there is always something in or out of the sun depending upon the temperature. The fixed anchors on top can easily be reached from above by almost any of the routes for a rap to the ground. Note: Vogel's 1992 guide has a picture of the west face (page 154) that's numbered incorrectly by eleven.

Classics here include the popular and thinly protected Sphincter Quits (5.9), the thuggy Clean and Jerk (5.10c), the tenuous What's It To You (5.10d) and the classic-looking Leave It To Beaver (5.12a).

Getting There

Enter the Real Hidden Valley via the south and look for a huge grey and tan bulbous rock in the center of the loop trail. Approach via a well-worn trail from the south, which splits to go to the east face (right) or west face (left). Some easy scrambling is required to reach the base of a few of the routes.

Please do not shortcut the trails here, as the pressure of too many people doing so is harder than necessary on the desert plant life; there is no shortage of established trails to follow.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sports Challenge Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
Championship Wrestling
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 4
Blue Jean Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 156
Sphincter Quits
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 286
Clean and Jerk
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 35
What's It To You
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 8
Hang and Swing
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
 10
Cool but Concerned
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 77
Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver)
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 40
Rap Bolters are Weak
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 3
The Lobster
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Championship Wrestling Sports Challenge Rock…
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Blue Jean Crack Sports Challenge Rock…
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Sphincter Quits Sports Challenge Rock…
 156
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Clean and Jerk Sports Challenge Rock…
 286
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
What's It To You Sports Challenge Rock…
 35
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Hang and Swing Sports Challenge Rock…
 8
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Cool but Concerned Sports Challenge Rock…
 10
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad
Leave it to Beaver (aka The… Sports Challenge Rock…
 77
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Rap Bolters are Weak Sports Challenge Rock…
 40
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Lobster Sports Challenge Rock…
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
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