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The Condor

5.12a PG13, Trad, 50 ft (15 m),  Avg: 3 from 8 votes
FA: Perry Beckham, January 1984
California > Joshua Tree NP > Indian Cove > Indian Cove Cam… > Condor Rock

Description

This is one of the better climbs of Indian Cove and one of the classic stem problems of Josh. Other notable stemming corners include Coarse and Buggy (5.11a), Wavecrest (5.11c), 29 Palms (5.11d), Scary Monsters (5.12a) and Warrior Eagle (5.12b). Of course there are others but these typify their grade and have excellent moves on high-quality rock.

Originally done with fixed pins which are now missing; without pins this may deserve an "R" rating, so be careful.

Location

This, the namesake route of the crag sits all by itself on the west face about 50 yards right of and around the corner from The Falcon. It is a striking left-facing corner in dark rock than leans left as well.

Protection

Many thin wires (RP's, HB's) and gear to 3 inches for the anchor

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Sending The Condor
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photo by AJ
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Nearing the finish of The Condor
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TR'ing the Condor
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The obvious leaning corner is The Condor (5.12a), Joshua Tree NP
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"The Condor".<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
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Jon Clark
Philadelphia, PA
  5.12a R
[Hide Comment] While protection is available, most if not all is marginal through the entirety of the difficult climbing. As a result, the route warrants an R protection rating. Feb 27, 2018
EricCC
Michigan
 
[Hide Comment] Fiddled with a few wires off the deck and one move up. Rock quality is pretty poor, decided I liked my ankles and set a top rope. Scary monsters is similar movement with much better pro Dec 15, 2019