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Shared By: M. Morley on Jan 1, 2003
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Apparition is the right-trending handcrack and centerpiece on Apparition Rock. The crux lies about 1/3 of the way up. This fun route should not be missed!

Belay off of slung boulder. Webbing as of 1/2/03 is in good shape.

Descend via 4th class gully to climber's left.


To 3", with doubles in the #1 and #2 Camalot sizes.


I've always downclimbed over the other side, a bit to the climber's right. Involves maybe 10-15' of 4th class crack downclimbing as I recall, pretty straightforward. No need for a rap station and definitely not a tricky descent by Joshua Tree standards. Jan 20, 2003
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Wow, this one got my attention! Looks easy from below but forced me into some quite technical positions, with a stiff little pull over the bulge and onto the hand-rail. Way fun finishing crack. Recommended for those training for a trip to UK Grit! Nov 24, 2003
I don't know ... I was probably making it harder than it had to be, but Apparition was by far the toughest downclimb that I've had to do at Josh. After a lot of trial and error, I came down over to the left of the front side of the formation, but it really sucked! A rap setup on top would have been really welcome! Nov 25, 2003
We descended one gully further to the left (looking up, as in the photo). It was easy. Apr 6, 2004
Darren D.
Darren D.  
A technical crux down low than a nice hand crack as icing on the cake. The rap slings are getting a little out of hand. Mar 28, 2007
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
Gritty but fun! The slings and rap rings looked fine to us, so we selected the easy route. Of course, we had 50 mph winds and occasional hail to contend with... so the choice was pretty easy :) Bring a nice selection of gear from small (yellow alien) to #3 camalot + some long slings. Apr 12, 2007
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly   work.
Great route, especially considering some of the others on the wall. Soft for the grade, good for those breaking into 10s. Sep 8, 2008
This is one of my favorite climbs at JT. It requires a wide variety of techniques, the rock quality is high, and the pro is good. The slung anchors appear adequate. I prefer rapping off, but I also was able to find a easy downclimb (5.0?) off the back side. This route is not 5.10. It's more like a 5.9 with sections that require several strenuous moves in a row, made swiftly and with confidence. Feb 10, 2010
BRegan Regan
Joshua Tree, CA
BRegan Regan   Joshua Tree, CA
Belayers beware. There is a big bush growing out of the rock 8-10 feet off of the ground, see photo posted. Since that picture (Lauery) the block below it has fallen off. The block immediately above this bush is loose, you will be tempted to stand on it. Feb 21, 2010
Avi Katz
Seattle, WA
Avi Katz   Seattle, WA
Belay anchor at the top is intact and in good shape as of 1/5/13. Great route Jan 9, 2013
There is a new rap station on the backside of apparition rock, top of a new bolted route called amsterdam. from there its a easy walk back to the other side. Nov 3, 2015
Mike Womack
Los Angeles, CA
Mike Womack   Los Angeles, CA
As of Oct 2018, the webbing and quick link up top is in good condition. A double length sling extends for easy lower/TR Nov 17, 2018