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An Eye to the West T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crescent Wrench T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Direct Wrench TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Over The Hill T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tossed Green T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
White Powder T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Randy Vogel & Lyman Spitzer, November 1979
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Shared By: The Gray Tradster on Apr 16, 2004
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Gain the right most of two cracks imediately above the large boulder between Crescent Wrench and Tossed Green. A tricky boulder type move leads to an off-balance crack. At the tougher end of the 5.9 continuum, with interesting moves all the way to the top. Almost on par with Tossed Green for quality.

Down climb by wandering up and back down to the left (south) above Crescent Wrench.


Standard Josh rack to #3 camalot(including the anchor)


Steep and sweet!!Well worth doing if you are here.

My Pro:
#6-10 Stopper
#2-5 TCU
.5, .75, 2 Camalot...and my all-time favorites...
#1-4 TRICAM...yeah baby!! Apr 18, 2015
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
Don't jump on this unless you're solid on 5.9s. The opening moves are tricky with bad fall potential if you're not comfortable placing gear from awkward stances. Nov 6, 2006
I'll add a comment about the first ascent team. Lyman Spitzer was 65 at the time of the first ascent. He was the chairman of the Princeton astronomy department for many years, and a colleague of Albert Einstein. Spitzer was the first person to suggest (in 1946, years before any satellites were launched) that a telescope be placed in space to overcome the distorting effects of the Earth's atmosphere. This suggestion eventually led to the Hubble Space Telescope. For his pioneering work in astronomy, the Spitzer Space Telescope (last of NASA's four great observatories) was named after him. Sep 11, 2006
Woody Stark
Woody Stark  
Good fun, interesting start and fairly sustained. It takes pro nicely. Apr 20, 2005
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
I loved this one! Apr 20, 2005
Fun route, a blue#3 and a yellow#2 cam makes a good belay at the top. Mar 21, 2005
This was a fun route. The bouldery start grabs your attention right away. It protects very well with Aliens and Nuts. Just when you think it is over, you find there is more good crack to climb. The descent to the left is no big deal. Jan 18, 2005
Tan Slacks
Joshua tree
Tan Slacks   Joshua tree
This is a really fun route. Steep and featured with leaning stances. Worth the effort. While there I did the wide crack 3 feet left into an offwidth. Also 5.9ish. Is this a route with a name? Just curious. A bit of a spooky down climb to the climbers left! Apr 22, 2004