Type: Sport, 300 ft, 5 pitches
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Shared By: Dave Holliday on Dec 9, 2006
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Access Issue: Warning! Stainless steel bolts are suspect near the coast! Details


Great route with amazing exposure on the crux pitch. This route gets afternoon sun so it's best done in the morning. It's also very popular so an early start is recommended.

The pitches are thus:

p1: 6a (10a) Climb out right from the cave and then straight up about 20m. Do an easy hand traverse left to get to the belay anchor.

p2: 6b (10c) Climb straight up from the belay anchor. Many people seem to use some big stems towards the top of the pitch but there are other ways to do the crux. Once you're on easy terrain you'll see two anchors. Head to the one up and to the left.

p3: 6b+ (10d) The money pitch. From the anchor climb straight up past about five clips and then start a rising traverse to the right. The wall eventually steepens and the holds start to disappear and progress would seem to be thwarted. All is not lost: look behind you and use the obvious feature. You'll know what I mean when you're up there. A couple more clips and a small traverse past the last bolt gets you to an anchor in a small cave. It's well protected from the sun but is extremely slippery.

p4: 6b (10c) Make some hard moves right off the belay and head straight up for about 20m to the next anchor.

p5: 6a (10a) We didn't do this pitch and it's apparently not frequently done. The rock quality is suspect and because it traverses the descent is made more difficult by doing this pitch.


The route is located on the Tonsai Wall and starts near the Freedom Bar. Since the route doesn't start on the ground, a couple of approach pitches are required. The guidebooks indicate that the route is approached by climbing a banyan tree about 50m left of the route and then traversing right. The preferred way now is to climb the ladder by the bar, head to your left before the second ladder, go up through a cave, and then traverse to the left (clipping a couple of bolts along the way) to a belay anchor. One more approach pitch is required. It's rated 6a (10a) but felt harder to us. Climb straight up past four clips and then traverse right about 20 feet to a belay anchor in a cave. You're now at the start of the route.

The descent: we descended from the top of the fourth pitch and did two single-rope rappels to get to the anchor atop the second pitch and then one double-rope rappel to the ground. The last rappel will put you on the patio of the Freedom Bar. The route can be rappelled with a single 60m rope but it's a pain to do it that way.


Bolts. Take a dozen draws and something for the anchors. The route has been completely rebolted with glue-ins and I don't remember clipping any expansion bolts along the way. The anchors are fully bolted and have equalized slings with rappel rings. We used a 60m rope. I doubt a 50m would work for the descent.
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
Unique route and worth the wait to get on it as there is often a line. As described, use the tree to gain access to the starting ledge. The start is part of the charm of the climb. Thankfully, I was convinced into leading the crux pitch. I was fortunate to climb the route with a guy who had done it before and knew I'd regret it if I didn't. Dec 20, 2006
Chris Perkins
Buena Vista, Colorado
Chris Perkins   Buena Vista, Colorado
I was told not to use the tree as it is considered sacred. Climb the ladder and traverse up and left thru the small cave. Dec 24, 2006
Stan Pitcher
Stan Pitcher   SLC, UT
What a great climb! Lots of fun climbing and spectacular views. Had the pleasure of leading two lovely Austrailian gals up it! Oct 5, 2007
Brennan Crellin
Millcreek, UT
Brennan Crellin   Millcreek, UT  
Often hoards of monkeys on this route in the early morning. Monkeys can seem aggressive. People have made the mistake of feeding them. Just pretend that you are calking back a slingshot and they will run away (you don't even need the slingshot), because they have aparantly been shot at enough also.

Rad climb, worth doing even with only a few day in Tonsai. Take a camera, climb in the morning, take a few slings to extend draws around roof out of cave. May 29, 2012
Darryl Styles
Darryl Styles  
Such a good climb. It see's mega traffic, so a lot of hold are polished yet all are solid. Top pitch is getting better over time. Highly recommend this route. Any finishing off with a fresh coconut jewy is perfect. I found it a Solid 5.10b by Colorado (Shelf Road) and New Mexico Standards. Feb 28, 2013
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Hannahlily   Mammoth Lakes, CA
Did this climb at night, it was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend doing this climb at night (make sure to bring a head torch!) Dec 9, 2013
Mike Holley
Boone, NC
Mike Holley   Boone, NC
Stellar route! We climbed it as two groups of two on a full moons eve. With a little help from our headlamps and the nearby bar lights as well as the ever jamming reggae tunes it was a super fun experience. Pretty mellow for the most part, the third pitch is where all the stalactite fun is at, yet each pitch provides something to be savored. The rappel can be a little tricky, we did it with two 70 meter ropes, but the last rap literally drops you off face first at the bar for a well deserved Chang!! Mar 26, 2014
Eric Thomas
Eric Thomas   Colorado
The pitch by pitch description is way off. I highly suggest getting a guidebook or consulting one of the many other climbers for beta because the mountain project description won't help. Dec 9, 2014
Mat J
El Dorado Hills, Ca
Mat J   El Dorado Hills, Ca
This route is so much fun. We did this route twice when we were there so we could swap the leads from the first run up.

Just a heads up, the second official pitch of climbing can go two ways through the crux. If you go left side of the bolts it seemed to be very awkward and strenuous 10d or 11a. Going on the right side of the bolts and through the roof is way more fun, less awkward, and about 10c. We watched many parties go left of the bolts and many of them fell or hung through that section. Nov 22, 2018