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Hop Sing

5.8, Trad, 115 ft (35 m),  Avg: 2.5 from 19 votes
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California > Joshua Tree NP > Indian Cove > Rattlesnake Canyon > Ponderosa Wall / Blac…


Hop sing is an awesome 5.8 crack! Cool slashes decorate this crack.
Great, hard ,almost polished rock for 115 ft or so. Splitter for the grade. you will love it.
Nice jams, classic movement.
Do it!


left side of the wall next to a large detached flake crack. start in a pit. Walk off left. Look for the grey slashes in the crack that distinguish this fine climb. sunny mid morning to afternoon.


cams lots of #3's,I placed a 3.5 and a 4. Nothing smaller than #1.
The anchor in the cave above sucks CHOSSS! maybe belay a little lower. Walk off left

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C Miller
[Hide Comment] While enjoyable, this is hardly a classic in my book. Jan 11, 2007
[Hide Comment] Tony, did you mean to imply nothing "smaller" than a #1 cam? Jan 11, 2007
tony grice
[Hide Comment] YES SIR I did mean nothing smaller than a #1 cam.
Sorry to each his own , i thought it was an awsome fun route for the grade and there are not a lot of killer 5.8 cracks around. Maybe I was a bit batty for the 4 stars but I really liked this one.

I mean, you will not place any pieces smaller than a one Camelot. Bring the yellow aliens if you must, but you won't need them. Jan 22, 2007
[Hide Comment] Fun climb with a slick beginning,and a nice location. Jan 23, 2007
[Hide Comment] Pretty nice for the grade. The slashes on the left wall of the crack make perfect hand-jam constrictions for the duration of the climb. This would be a great route for a budding leader to learn how to place hexes. Dec 19, 2012
Ian Z
Los Angeles, CA
[Hide Comment] The rock in the cave above is more like mud... Feb 10, 2014
Andrea Campanella
[Hide Comment] I did not enjoy this much. I did not read that it took only #1 and up cams so I ran out quite a bit. Kind of strenuous all the way up for the grade but cracks are not my favorite climbs. I need to work more on them.... Dec 21, 2020