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5.9+, Trad, 50 ft (15 m),
Avg: 2 from 4 votes
FA: Scott Erler and Mark Bowling
California > Joshua Tree NP > Pinto Basin > OZ Area > Magic Mtn Area > Tusk
Climbs the left side of the south face past 4 bolts on good edges with a directional bolt at the top. Gear belay and short downclimb off the back.
5 bolts (3/8"), medium cams for the belay
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The Tusk (South Face), Joshua Tree NP A. Black Rhino (5.9+) B. Endangered Species (5.10c) C. Poaching Ivory (5.11b)
"Black Rhino". Photo by Blitzo.
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Ho man - old school. The OZ area slick patina and sharp holds. Likely some holds have pealed, and unlike many modern routes, the bolts aren't kissing your junk when you clip the next one. Best be solid at the grade.
That being said, for a 5 minute walk, highly worthy.
The "directional" bolt at the top is now doubled, but could use a few rings or such to facilitate rapping.
4 days ago