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Mitigating Damages, Joshua Tree

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Carlo Dagondon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 5

Been perusing the Miramontes guide for J Tree to pick some upcoming season goals and ran across the route Mitigating Damages, a 5.11 offwidth. Don't see much info on it other than what's in the guide. Anybody have beta/experience with it?

Will S · · Joshua Tree · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,053

Is there a second edition or something? I don't see it listed in my copy. I've sought out most of the wide cracks in JT, never heard of it. Where is it, what crag? Maybe Russ knows.

EDIT: Ok, I know what you're talking about, it's more commonly known as "O.W.", it's on the Micro crag. I did it as a solo TR in 2011.

Here's MP entry:

The route is sort of a one-move wonder, the crux is a rattly fist move or two about 2/3 of the way up, original rating was 10d, I've seen it rated 11c. It's very hand-size dependent, with a big fist or long reach, probably mid 5.10, normal hands, 5.11c-ish. 

Carlo Dagondon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 5

Cool. Thanks for the info! I see that you're a local. I'm still new to climbing but got bit enough by the offwidth bug that I made a trip to Vedauwoo recently. Aside from the 5.8 around it, any other one you'd suggest? 

Will S · · Joshua Tree · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,053

Oh plenty. Here's a few links to get you going:

Kamikaze, Modern Warfare, Throbbing Gristle are all about 15' apart out at the Beak Boulder Rocks, super high quality climbing and rock, some of the best wide cracks in JT. Those three could easily be THE best wide cracks of their grades in JT, and the bonus is they're on the same crag. It's maybe a 45min walk out there, and the Beak boulder itself is very easy to pick out from distance, the routes are kind of on the "back" side of the formation, north side more or less. There are a couple more chimney things on that formation too, at 5.8 and 10a, so you can get a pretty good day's worth out there. Here's a link to the area page and a pic of the approach:

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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