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Routes in Hunk Rock - East Face

Breath of Death T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Death of a Decade T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Heat Wave T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Hunkloads To Hermosa T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hunky Dory T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Soft Cell T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Mike Paul, Malcom Best, Charles Cole, 1980's
Page Views: 476 total, 3/month
Shared By: C Miller on Dec 31, 2004
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Steep slab climbing on quality tan-colored rock with fair to good protection makes this well protected for Joshua Tree standards, but it's not a sport climb.

The fun moves, easy approach and lack of traffic make this a climb to seek out when in the vicinity. Three stars out of five.


This route takes a direct line up the center of the east face of Hunk Rock and lies about 50' left of a prominent left-facing corner (Death of a Decade).


5 bolts, anchors (all 3/8")


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Good JT slab but def reachy. Jan 15, 2017
First bolt and maybe 1 to 2 seems 'PG', granted the climbing isn't at grade, but you'd hate to fall. No single move on the route seemed .10+, but there was a lot of climbing on the pitch, height dependant crux. 3 of 5 *'s. Mar 14, 2005
Bo Johnston  
Great route, I may simply not be good enough. I tried to lead this and got stuck at between the 2nd and 3rd bolt. Very thin and painful moves to get through.Great rings to rap off at the top for whatever route you gain to the top. Death of a Decade 5.10a to the right is a super route. Hunkloads to Hermosa to its left is missing the second bolt and after inspecting the wall on rappel I could not find a hole or any evidence that it was ever there. Too bad because the route seems nice. May 13, 2004