All Locations > California > Joshua Tree NP > Belle Campgroun… > Belle Campground > Castle Rock > Castle Rock - N Side
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|Type:||Trad, 60 ft|
|FA:||Kevin Powell and Darrel Hensel, December 1978|
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|Shared By:||C Miller on Jul 5, 2002|
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Access Issue: Occupied Campsite Rule In Effect! Details
Any route or boulder problem that starts out of or near an occupied campsite may not be done without first obtaining the campsite occupant's permission.
Boulder up fairly high past some stiff moves to a bolt and continue up past two more to the top. Gear needed for anchor and walk off right (climber's).
- An interesting bit of trivia - On the first ascent the resourceful climbers dragged a picnic table over to the base of the wall, stood it on end, and drilled the first bolt standing atop it.
"Just wanted to clarify the comment about the picnic table. It is true, that is how the first bolt was eventually drilled. But, first Hensel and I spent about an hour climbing up and down, taking turns standing on the holds that you clip the first bolt off of now and hand drilling. Back then the drill bits we were using were brittle and if you hit the drill handle a little off center the bits would sometimes break. Just as I was finishing the hole that is exactly what happened. Rather than repeat that whole process over, we brought the picnic table over stood on it and re-drilled the hole." (Kevin Powell)
This is the first route to the right of a slanting chimney/crack on the mid-section of the northwest face.