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Blue Bayou T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Blue Green Day TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Blue Monday T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Blue Nun T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bluebelly TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Blues Brothers T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Out of the Blue T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Rhythm & Blues T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unknown T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Type: Trad, 90 ft
FA: Bob Gaines, Frank Bentwood, and Al Sanderson
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Shared By: Bob Gaines on May 31, 2010
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This is a variation to Blues Brothers, with exceptionally good rock quality. The rock is extraordinarily smooth for Joshua Tree. Four out of five stars.

Start 20 feet left of Blues Brothers. Climb the slab past 4 bolts (10d/11a above the 2nd bolt), moving left at the fourth bolt to a thin seam that is followed up and right to where it joins Blues Brothers, then make a somewhat run-out face move (5.8 PG) up to a straight-in crack which leads to ledges. Move right and climb the headwall just right of the regular Blues Brothers finish, up to a fixed pin, from where you can continue straight up (10+) or move right to a ledge for an easier (5.9) finish.

2 bolt anchor (90 Ft.)


To 3 inches.


Stiff shoes are a must on this beautiful dime-edging route. Bulletproof polished slab! Nov 4, 2012
Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
Ahh, makes more sense now. We assumed Blue Bros finished using the pin, that's how we climbed it and it's more or less directly above the crack line, didn't know the original finish went I get it. Jan 21, 2011
Bob Gaines  
Hi Will. You're right, that description was confusing. The finish for Out of the Blue is pretty much straight up at the top, past the fixed pin. If you go straight up above the pin it's 5.10, or you can move to the right a bit up to a ledge, then back left up to the top for an easier (5.9) finish.

The regular (line of the first ascent) or normal Blues Brothers finish actually goes left of this at the top, up a thin crack in a small left-facing corner, finishing about 15 or 20 feet left of the Out of the Blue finish (which is essentially the logical direct finish to Blues Brothers.)

I re-wrote the description to make it less confusing. Jan 21, 2011
Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
Great sustained slab edging on fine grained, polished rock through the bolts. Upper part is forgettable and the description Bob gives for the finish makes no sense at all, if you went 20' right you'd be WAY past the logical finish of this or Blues Brothers. Logical finish is a crack in shallow left facing dihedral almost directly above the last bolt, or finish as for Blue Bros to the bolted anchor past the pin (which is the only fixed pin we saw on the crag). Either way, best climbing on the crag. Jan 20, 2011
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
Best route at the crag and some of the best slab climbing I've done in Josh. Jan 20, 2011