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Routes in Stirrup Rock - North Face

Adam's Rib T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Australian for Beer S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Crack Kills T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Do Or Dike T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Eve's Serpent T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
Freckle Face T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Jugular Vein T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
New Toy T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Seebolt T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: Alan Nelson & Mike Beck, December 1982
Page Views: 1,558 total, 11/month
Shared By: M. Morley on Jan 19, 2006
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This climbs the obvious left-slanting crack system on the left edge of the shady north face of Stirrup Rock. Work your way down into the "pit" at the base and climb off a boulder into the crack. Jugular Vein (5.8) climbs this route and then cuts right to join a crack/dike system. Rap off bolts to climbers left to descend.

This is another route that receives mention in the Winger's 60 Classics/Trad Guide to Joshua Tree.


Light rack. Optional 4" piece protects the flare halfway up.


Easy 5.6, good place to practice gear placements. Had fun. May 18, 2015
Tommy G.
Killeen, Texas
Tommy G.   Killeen, Texas
Not a bad route by any means. It was pretty clean, at least I didn't notice much. Nice place to get away, wander around and get on random routes. Nov 19, 2012
Josh Cameron
Sacramento, California
Josh Cameron   Sacramento, California
Ok, but there is much better to be had in Joshua Tree. Gargoyle is one that comes to mind, and it's in the area. Sep 5, 2011
Worth doing for a beginner. All clean of poop when I was there March 2011. Mar 17, 2011
Atascadero, CA
FrankPS   Atascadero, CA
I'd have to agree with the last poster - fun climb, clean rock, good pro. Feb 11, 2011
Brandt Allen
Joshua Tree, Cal
Brandt Allen   Joshua Tree, Cal
All cleaned up by this winter's rains. No bird crap anywhere on the route.
Far from boring or awkward; this is one of the better 5.6 routes in the Park. Mar 12, 2010
Amy R
Mission Viejo, CA
Amy R   Mission Viejo, CA
My husband and I just did our first trad climb here. It's a good route (save for the funky smell coming from the off width crack toward the middle) and no one was out there. Tip: If you're weird about mouse crap, steer clear of this route. I guess the mice like to hang out at the bottom of this route. Oct 30, 2008
Portland, OR
Obi   Portland, OR
So unmemorable that I am at a loss of words to describe it. Might be a little awkward for the fledgling 5.6 leader - move onto something else before trying this as a start to your climbing career. Nov 5, 2007