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Katrina Wall

California > San Bernardino… > Big Bear Lake Area > Big Bear North > Holcomb Valley… > Pinnacles North > Voodoo Garden

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.

Routes from Left to Right

5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 22
When the Levee Breaks
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
Bourbon Street
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Mardi Gras
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 16
French Quartered
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Blue Bayou
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
The Big Easy
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
When the Levee Breaks
 22
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bourbon Street
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Mardi Gras
 27
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
French Quartered
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Blue Bayou
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
The Big Easy
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR

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Photo/topo for Katrina Wall (East Face), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles. <br>
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The ROWCC cragging at the Katrina Wall.
[Hide Photo] The ROWCC cragging at the Katrina Wall.
The east face of Katrina Wall.
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Looking southeast from Katrina Wall.
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Katrina Wall from the northeast.
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Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
[Hide Comment] 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
Nelson Day
Joshua Tree, CA
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] Chris, that sounds like Flibbertigibbet. Aug 29, 2011
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
[Hide Comment] That's it! Thanks Chris. Mar 7, 2012