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Under the Radar

5.8, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 2 from 32 votes
FA: Bob Gaines and Patty Kline, April 2011
California > Joshua Tree NP > Echo Rock Area > Echo Rock > Echo Rock - E Face > Hidden Slab


Start a bit to the right, moving left to clip the first bolt, then climb thin edges (5.8) to easier slab climbing past 2 more Bolts. Traverse right across a dike, then straight up a steepening friction slab past 4 more bolts (5.8+).

The rock is grainy, but improving with every ascent.


7 bolts, 2-bolt anchor, 70 ft.

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Hidden Slab<br>
A. Private Eye 5.10a<br>
B. Under the Radar 5.8
[Hide Photo] Hidden Slab A. Private Eye 5.10a B. Under the Radar 5.8
Alyssia goin up
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John Mirales tied in.
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Jefe high up on Under The Radar.
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Jefe getting ready to launch.
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Kelly Vaught on Under the Radar.
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toddgordon Gordon
Joshua Tree, California
[Hide Comment] Another good route, which will clean up to be a well traveled and enjoyed route. Bob does it again.... Apr 28, 2011
Mary Moser
Joshua Tree, CA
[Hide Comment] Led this route last Saturday and it was surprisingly fun and very clean. My friend Cate was thrilled to do this on lead as an onsight! May 18, 2011
[Hide Comment] The bottom crux is edgy and crimpy, whereas the crux at the top is palmy and smeary. Good route, well protected and solid for this 5.8 toproper.

EDIT: Starting directly under the first bolt is edgy and crimpy, starting to the right is more typical of the route. Apr 23, 2012
Gavin Bridgeman
Orange County, CA
[Hide Comment] Excellent slab climb that has fun movement. Mar 8, 2014
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] I thought the first two bolts were pseudo-difficult on pretty vertical rock. For sure eases on the upper 2/3 but great warm up to get your slab feet under you. Another great anchor placement on a safe ledge makes for easy pulls and cleaning. But glue-in's which I though was odd for the area and FA team. Solid though. Mar 18, 2014
Bob Gaines
[Hide Comment] Hi Susan. The reason for the glue-in anchor bolts: the rock is really bad at the spot I wanted the anchor. After I hand-drilled the holes I could slip the bolts in and out with my fingers....the glue-ins solved the problem, and they seem to be holding up well. Mar 22, 2014
Rob Stahl
San Diego, CA
  5.8 PG13
[Hide Comment] Led this on 11/9/2014 with Robert Fonda. It was a lot of fun smearing. It has cleaned up a lot since I did after the Gordo Fest. All these routes are mostly in the shade this time year, and it was really comfortable. I did think the glued ring was odd, but I figured it was due to rock quality. REally convient and fun place to climb. Approach from the south and you can avoid some boulder hopping. Nov 10, 2014
Oscar Bishop
los angeles
[Hide Comment] Fantastic warm-up for other slab routes in the park, I will be getting on this route more in the future for sure. I agree with the 5.8 grade, the Miramontes guide lists this as a 7+. Well protected and lots of fun. Jan 21, 2019