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Left S-Crack

5.8, Trad, 60 ft,  Avg: 1.8 from 13 votes
FA: Dave Ohlson & Jon Lonne 4/76
California > Joshua Tree Nat… > Lost Horse Area > S-Crack Formation


The Left S-Crack is not S-shaped at all (then again, neither is the Right S-Crack). It sure is a lot of fun, though. Wide crack and stem moves down low get you to a slight rest about two-third of the way up. Then it's a great slightly-overhanging jug-fest to the top. There's no real crux section to this climb, and nothing's too hard, thanks to great hands that appear just as you need them. This is a great route to run laps on.

The climb starts a few feet to the left of my yellow and black pack that you can see in the picture. Follow a right-slanting crack/chimney until it peters out, then move left and up through the overhanging section to top out near the left edge of the formation.

2 stars out of 5.


standard rack -- long slings may be helpful for the awkward anchor set-up on top

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Looking into the left S Crack
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Beautiful eggs in a raven's nest on Right S-Crack.  Regret disturbing the parents ...
[Hide Photo] Beautiful eggs in a raven's nest on Right S-Crack. Regret disturbing the parents ...

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Newport Beach
[Hide Comment] Every move of this climb is good. Oct 13, 2009
Russ Walling
[Hide Comment] Good route and solid for the grade. Downclimb to climbers left over the back of the formation. Jan 10, 2014
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] Fun route. The crack, although somewhat wide in the first 15 feet or so, protects maybe better with smaller cams. At the transition left for the summit crack, there is a gritty flared type pod to dump a 3.5 or 4 Camalot before going to hands. Anchor is funky. You could probably be able to make a variety of things work but I opted for the 2.5" crack in a boulder about 10' back. Gear was good but something was odd about it... Jan 10, 2014
Matt Hagny
[Hide Comment] Just pure fun. I echo the previous comment that every move was interesting and fun. Feb 22, 2017