Type: Trad, 50 ft (15 m)
FA: Todd Gordon and Cyndie Bransford, February 1989
Page Views: 902 total · 3/month
Shared By: C Miller on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: Greg Opland, Mike Morley, C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Gunkswest

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Walking around to the south face of Zippy Rock will bring this gem of a route into view. Stop here! - this is as close as you want to get...trust me. Even the FA party claims it as one of their worst.

So you really want to climb this route? Starting from a wide crack climb the gritty, light-colored slab, with a texture akin to freshly dried kitty litter, passing bolts which offer more in the way of a route marker than actual protection. Belay on top and walk off (if you make it that far), reflecting on your excellent choice for a route.

This route is a candidate for "Worst route in Joshua Tree", and while it may not be the worst it could place as high as the top ten. One advantage to doing this route is it puts all those other bad routes you've done into context.


5 bolts, pro to 2.5"