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Routes in Katrina Wall

Big Easy, The TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blue Bayou S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bourbon Street S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
French Quartered S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Mardi Gras S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
When the Levee Breaks S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Description

Katrina Wall is the north-most of the central walls of Voodoo Garden. It faces east and north and is home to some of the best routes in the Holcomb area. All routes are bolted and feature nice movement, sometimes quite sequential, with moments of airy exposure. Although there are occasional flakes of questionable solidity, the quality of rock is very good; most of the holds are solid and the routes clean, despite not having been climbed much at this point. Named for the hurricane that almost wiped out New Orleans in ’05, the route names on Katrina call to mind the flavor of the Big Easy.

Routes listed from left to right -

When the Levee Breaks (5.9)
Bourbon Street (5.9)
Mardi Gras (5.9+)
French Quartered (5.7)
Blue Bayou (5.7)
The Big Easy (5.8)

Getting There

From the lower sections of the Voodoo Garden, work your way north and west, past Peyronie’s Wall, across the boulders up the hillside to the base of Katrina.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Katrina Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
When the Levee Breaks
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bourbon Street
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mardi Gras
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
When the Levee Breaks
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bourbon Street
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Mardi Gras
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
That's it! Thanks Chris. Mar 7, 2012
C Miller   CA  
Chris, that sounds like Flibbertigibbet. Aug 29, 2011
Nelson Day
Joshua Tree, CA
Nelson Day   Joshua Tree, CA
I would love to know the name of the route. I lead it today - I would say it goes at .11a, mostly due to the slabby moves on the upper portion.

I couldn't find the route, much less the rock, in the Treasures of Big Bear Basin guidebook (if this is the same route you are talking about). I think it has 6 bolts and chain anchor. Aug 28, 2011
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
When you head back down the boulders from Katrina, and step down onto the sand, looking east there's a big tree on the left, behind that tree there's a bolted route up a shattered pillar. Anyone know what it's called and it's grade? It looks kinda nice. Oct 13, 2010

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