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Natural Selection

5.11a, Trad, 80 ft,  Avg: 3.3 from 13 votes
FA: Randy Leavitt
California > Joshua Tree NP > Wonderland of R… > Wonderland North > Grey Giant Area > Fortress

Description

Natural Selection is a very thin crack in a small right facing corner about 30-40 yards left of Catapult. There is a small roof halfway up. Start a little to the right and climb easy rock to a stance 30' up. Here, step left into the shallow corner. There's no distinct crux, pretty fun climbing the whole way.

Protection

mostly thin to 1"

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 Randy Leavitt  on Natural Selection, Bob Horan Collection
[Hide Photo] Randy Leavitt on Natural Selection, Bob Horan Collection
I'm not sure which was harder - the first thin stemming section or the second thin layback section.  And I was seconding!  This is Eric at the first crux.
[Hide Photo] I'm not sure which was harder - the first thin stemming section or the second thin layback section. And I was seconding! This is Eric at the first crux.

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Dave Snyder
Joshua Tree, CA
[Hide Comment] 2 Ropes to Rap to the ground from the ledge to the left at the top. Slung boulder. Nov 29, 2006
Adam D
Los Osos, CA
 
[Hide Comment] We were actually able to do it with one 70m rope to the top, then rapped off the slung block to a slung horn/pinnacle to climbers right, then to the ground. Great climb. Mar 31, 2009
C Frisby
  5.11a
[Hide Comment] The falcon guide gives Natural Selection a bunch of stars and rates it as 11a. This climb has everything from tips to hands and takes gear of all sizes relatively well. Sweet Route. Feb 22, 2011
Richard Shore
  5.11a
[Hide Comment] Classy line, well-protected at the crux with tiny nuts/cams. Two raps with one 60M cord will get you down. No need to haul a second rope out there. New sling added to the horn rap station 11/2012. 4 out of 5 stars in Randy's book = Josh classic. Nov 26, 2012