Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Roy McClenahan & Doug McDonald, February 1988
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Shared By: Randy on Mar 9, 2003
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This popular sport route is the furthest right bolted route on the South Face of Turtle Rock. It lies about 100+ feet right of Desert Shield. This is the right-hand of 2 routes that begin here (and share the anchor).

Easy climbing leads to a crack-like feature arching up and right. Above, clip a bolt, then move left then up (crux) to the last bolt. A tricky move or two up and left to some pockets/crack keep it interesting to the end.


Bolts to sport anchor (1/2"). Draws are all you need. To set a TR, climb up and left to above anchors (belay probably needed).


Adam Stackhouse

Adam Stackhouse    
Great route on mostly great rock. We set it up as a TR, but plenty leadable. As said, easier climbing leads to a nice, asthetic series of moves 3/4 the way up with a tough exit. In the afternoon shade, the route is a nice escape from the sun. Jun 27, 2004
Josh Beck
Josh Beck  
This a fantastic, route, very steep and athletic by jtree standards. Of course it can be led, it's a sport route! Definitely cruxy, and while it may not be harder than every jtree 12a, I feel 12b is a more fair rating. Jul 6, 2004
Tyler Logan
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Tyler Logan   Mammoth Lakes, CA
Seeing as this route recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary, perhaps it should be gifted with some new hardware. Mar 24, 2008
Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
This route presents a dilemma: try to clip mid crux move, or pull through then clip. The fall isn't the best if you don't clip, with a risk of hitting the lower angle stuff below, but if you aren't tall it's very hard (impossible for me) to clip before committing. Once you've pulled the move and have the bolt clipped, a couple more hard moves on thin edges lead to easier climbing to the anchor. In any case, have an aware belayer. Nov 30, 2012
Luke Mehall
Durango, Colorado
Luke Mehall   Durango, Colorado
This hardware could DEFINITELY use an upgrade. These are the types of bolts that fail, and this route is TOO GOOD.

Anyone out there in J-Tree doing upgrades these days?

Luke Feb 29, 2016
Gabriella Venus 1
Gabriella Venus 1  
This was my first j-tree 5.12. Felt harder than some 12c's I have done elsewhere. Great route with exciting sequences over OK bolts. Jan 13, 2017
Joshua Tree, Ca.
Dimes   Joshua Tree, Ca.
All lead and belay bolts are now 1/2" stainless steel with stainless steel hangers courtesy of the ASCA. Feb 28, 2017