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Indirect Action

5.7, Sport,  Avg: 2.8 from 39 votes
FA: Johnny H.
California > High Desert > Barstow Area > New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Indirect Crag


Very aesthetic rock. Looks like the work of a sculptor. There is a bolt to the right that appears to be an orphan. There are some bolts that diagonal up to the left that appear to be a 5.9 variation, mentioned in Mayr's guidebook.


It's the only 5.7 on the wall and goes up just left of a groove.


8 bolts, chain anchors (shared with 72 Hour Hold )

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Locker Smith on "Indirect Action".<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Locker Smith on "Indirect Action". Photo by Blitzo.

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Chris Asencio
Hesperia, CA
[Hide Comment] I did this onsight and went up the left close to the 5.12, definately felt more 5.9 than 5.7. Its cool that you can climb two different routes on the same bolt line for sure. Oct 8, 2012
Dave Berlin
Fresno, CA
[Hide Comment] This is my favorite easy climb at NJC. The aesthetics of the rock makes this one worth doing, even if you climb 5.12. Fun climbing doesn't hurt too! Nov 10, 2012
Lzpup Brewster
santee, ca
[Hide Comment] I loved this lead, I did it twice.

puzzled at the traverse route, looks like it thins out in some spots. Feb 18, 2014
[Hide Comment] The traverse route is Indirect Action.
8 bolts, chain anchors.

2 bolts then traverse left through three more bolts. Continue left and up (Indirect Action) or go the right bolt line (72 Hour Hold). Both variations have 8 total bolts. They are both a PITA to clean, but a lot of fun.

The route everyone is talking about (4 bolts straight up) is Working Men R Pissed. It IS a 5.9. Mar 9, 2016
Greg Retkowski
San Diego
[Hide Comment] Best done as a pair, first one leads to the anchor then lowers straight down, second follows cleaning along the way and then lowers/raps off at the end. Feb 26, 2021