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Almost Vertical

5.7, Trad, 40 ft,  Avg: 2 from 195 votes
FA: Alan Roberts & Kristin Laird, 12/87
California > Joshua Tree NP > Real Hidden Valley > Thin Wall


This route is shown clearly in the attached Photo. To reach it, approach the thin Wall's E. Side and orient according to the photo. This climb is the third major crack system from the right end of the wall. Climb a singular crack system using upward toward the top, reaching the left side of a dome like formation nea the top.Good climbing, singular line.


I did not lead this route, but it appeared to be doable with a light standard rack. It is also a good solo *8_).

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The Thin Wall
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Myong working her way up Almost Vertical.
[Hide Photo] Myong working her way up Almost Vertical.
Almost Vertical is Left Vertical Crack.
[Hide Photo] Almost Vertical is Left Vertical Crack.
Bill Parmenter leading Almost Vertical.
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Easy 5.7
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Almost Vertical, (5.7) on the Thin Wall
[Hide Photo] Almost Vertical, (5.7) on the Thin Wall

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[Hide Comment] Good pro, no crux, straight forward for beginning leaders. Set your own anchor on top. Walk off to the right (facing the route) with short secure down climb sections.

The route is in shade in the PM. Apr 9, 2007
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] I agree no real crux but what a fun climb! Straightforward crack with plenty face holds. Ran it out on two pieces just for the mental security. ;-) Now I understand why I've seen some guides run up this with no pro, to set their top-ropes. Apr 30, 2007
Grace C
Claremont, CA
[Hide Comment] This was my first 5.7 lead at J Tree and it served that purpose well. Very straightforwards, good rest spots, and great gear. Feb 22, 2010
[Hide Comment] this route loves stoppers May 12, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
[Hide Comment] Fun to trad. If you want to avoid getting your rope stuck (or high drag) in the lower crack, you can either 1) attach 2-4' runners to pro or 2) skip pro until the first top-out, but that's if you don't mind taking a 20-foot risk.

Continue rest of climb with pro, while keeping the rope out of the lower crack.

For anchor, use 3 cams and 1 chock. Avoid the loose flat stone wedged between the left and middle rocks. Mar 21, 2011