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Routes in Sports Challenge Rock - West Face

Alligator Tears T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Chick Hern T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Eddie Haskel Takes Manhatten T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Ella-vation T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
I Just Told You T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Itty Bitty Buttress TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mortal Thoughts T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Ranger J.B. T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ranger J.D. T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rap Bolters are Weak S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Ride a Wild Bago T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Sphincter Quits T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
What's It To You T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
unknown T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Eric Rasmussen & Rob Hines
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Shared By: Tony B on Jan 2, 2006
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This route is on the southern-most end of the west side of Sports Challenge Rock. Just left of the 2 most obvious easy cracks (Ranger JB and Ranger JD) on the south arete of the west face, lies a blunt arete with 2 bolts on it. Climb past the bolts (crux) and up past a 5.10- move on small gear to reach a low-angle finish (moderate, but slightly runout). Belay on gear on the ramp above or continue to the summit and belay from a bomber sink-hole with some larger gear placements.

Rap down from the anchors on the west side of the summit.

Fun enough, but not a destination climb.


Although bolts protect the true crux, some challenging moves require gear to protect. Take a rack with medium nuts and cams to 2".


susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
I almost said a similar thing.....basically that I saw my partner take the fall and lived to tell the tale. The route is hard for the grade, IMO and I'm not exactly running over there to tick the lead myself. Dec 29, 2013
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
Those button heads are the 5/16" bomber ones. I tested them trying this route on a hot day in the sun.

Do this one when its cool. Dec 29, 2013
Aaron Miller
Santa Fe, NM
Aaron Miller   Santa Fe, NM
cheap buttonhead bolts....yuck. Dont fall on them.

Also, the belay is way far back and the second, if not solid at the 5.10 grade, can take a huge dangerous swing coming up to the belay unless you place a good directional. Not really worth the effort for this one, IMHO. Dec 28, 2013
Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
Crux right off the second bolt, tricky to find the best sequence and the crux goes on for a few moves. The short section of crack above the bolt is bottoming and flared, I didn't even try for gear there. Take tiny cams (00tcu equivalent) up to fingers for the route. Anchor takes small aliens/tcus up to 1.5". Walkoff the std south end descent and end up 5ft from your packs. Nov 30, 2008

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