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5.8, Sport, 150 ft (45 m), 2 pitches,  Avg: 3.1 from 15 votes
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California > Joshua Tree NP > Central Joshua… > Barker Dam Area > Escape Rock > Escape Rock (Northeas…
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Another awesome climb; Bish starts at the SUMMIT of Lubricated Goat. From the top of L.G., hike right about 50' and you will see a dike which traverses to the right across the large formation with Emotional Rescue, even crossing that route at one point. Traverse past a FP, many bolts, and after crossing 2 crack systems, you will come to a double bolt belay stance, which is the end of pitch one.

Pitch two, steps back into an easy wide crack which is just left of the belay, and climbs about 40 feet to the top, where there is another 2 bolt belay. Make a short rap from here, and you are at the start again of Bish. Then rap down Lubricated Goat, and remember; YOU CANNOT RAP LUBRICATED GOAT IN ONE RAP. EITHER BRING TWO ROPES, OR RAP TO A BIG FLAKE IN A GULLY, AND DO ONE MORE SHORT RAP TO THE GROUND, OR DOWN-CLIMB THE LAST BIT TO THE GROUND. DO NOT RAP OFF THE ENDS OF YOUR ROPE. Some people rap straight down from the belay at the end of the traverse. This works too.....


Starts up high, and cross the climb Emotional Rescue, on a formation about 5 to 10 min. past Barker Dam (look to the left).


Lots of Quick draws for the FP and the bolts (maybe 10 or so).

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The start of Bish has a pin down low. Good pro before the first bolt. But probably a good idea to back-clean once you clip the first bolt.
[Hide Photo] The start of Bish has a pin down low. Good pro before the first bolt. But probably a good idea to back-clean once you clip the first bolt.
Rhesa Ashbacher on Bish.
[Hide Photo] Rhesa Ashbacher on Bish.
The wonderful climb Bish.
[Hide Photo] The wonderful climb Bish.
Tim Pinar on the exciting and awesome climb Bish.
[Hide Photo] Tim Pinar on the exciting and awesome climb Bish.

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Lassitude 33
[Hide Comment] A single rope rap from Lubricated Goat leads to an easy (Class 4) and short down climb.

From the top of Lubricated Goat, it is more like 50+ feet right and a bit up to reach the gully where Bish starts. May 14, 2010
las vegas
[Hide Comment] Totally Cool. Do Lubricated Goat first for an epically fun time! Apr 3, 2011
[Hide Comment] Bolted anchor at the top of P2 needs rap rings/chains. Some nasty tat slings hanging up there, bring some replacement webbing if you go. P2 is 4th class.

Another excellent climb with wicked exposure, and a good counter-point to the sharp dime-edge crimps on Lubricated Goat. Bish is all feet. Mar 26, 2012
[Hide Comment] (Edited) There are no bolts on p2, so don't try to spot them from the p1 belay. We just rapped from the end of p1 (a 70m was plenty). Feels a litle exposed, loose, and scary before the first pin. After that it's fun, fun, fun. Glad it's filed under "trad" here--definitely some exposure throughout the route, especially without the big cam. A 5.9 leader looking for a "sport" climb would be terrified, I think. The little brother of I Can't Believe It's a Girdle--easier, shorter, and better protected, but a damn lot of fun. An absolute classic for the grade. Feb 9, 2014
Matt N
Santa Barbara, CA
[Hide Comment] Rapped after P1 w/ a 60m - plenty of rope. There were oval biners and alum. rap rings to use - thanks whoever left them.
There was also a bolt before the pin - wasn't expecting that. Well-protected traversing route - kept it on the fun side of exciting.
I'd also say that if you're tall / long legs, once on the dike, the difficulty seemed 5.7 max. There was always good feet. Surprising. Apr 21, 2019