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Anthrax T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Baby Ice Dog T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Balancing Act TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Beck's Bear T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Break a Leg T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Curtain Call T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Dress Rehearsal T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fighting the Slime T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Final Act T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
I'm So Embarrassed For You T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Irritators, The T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Kline's Incline TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Leading Lady T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
OC Gym Trad T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Playwright, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Psycho Groove T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Stucca By A Yucca T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Randy Vogel and Charles Cole, Feb. 1980
Page Views: 1,650 total, 12/month
Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Aug 1, 2006
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Start in the middle of Playhouse Rock, on the right side of an obvious bulge that forms a roof low to the ground. The lower section of this climb is the crux and protects well, and is easier than it looks. Although a bit wide, no offwidth technique is required as there is a finger crack within the wide crack, and several nice holds on the face so look around. After the crux, this route is mostly slab climbing with a crack for pro. Up high there is one more vertical section with an awesome hand crack that again hits the grade. Top belay from a gear anchor and walk off to the south.

Location

This crack route goes up the middle of the face

Protection

Pro to 4" but can be climbed on a standard rack.
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
 
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
 
The start amazingly tricky, so much so I went back down for small gear to protect the first set of sequences. Gear is so-so, a bit flared in spots, a few pods...... Good route just wasn't as obvious as some of the neighboring routes. May 2, 2014
Colin Parker
Idyllwild, CA
  5.7
Colin Parker   Idyllwild, CA  
  5.7
Another underrated route on Playhouse. Stop over here for a day and climb all these moderates. Great area for folks breaking into the 5.7 grade. May 27, 2009