Type: Trad, 25 ft
FA: First known ascent, 11/25/2016
Page Views: 278 total · 11/month
Shared By: Tricamus on Dec 7, 2016
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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While most won't agree, this is what you're looking for in Dolphin - squeeze chimneying. It's really not much harder, but more sustained and still encased in exfoliating grain. Some traffic will help this one out but until then you have been warned.

"You never feel better than when you start feeling good after you've been feeling bad"


This is the obvious chimney in the dihedral of the rock on the left side of the narrow corridor. Look for the prominent yucca just below the base - don't worry, it's not in the way of the route.


Rack to #5 Camalot, long sleeves, and long pants. Sizes larger than 0.75 are useful for the anchor crack


Rob Dizzle  
Excellent squeeze!! (so tight I couldn't wear a baseball cap under my helmet) Had to spread my knees out wide like a butterfly stretch to move up. Was able to bump a #4 up in the first part of the chimney, and found a #5 friend to be useful in the second part. Would rate climb at 5.9. No lower body in the beginning and then having to exit the chimney once it constricts to tight then having to get back in again is tricky. Great climb for those seeking a sadistic grunt-fest. Oct 24, 2017
Laura Lemire
Laura Lemire   California
Crazy squeeze with the crux being low in the route. No hands start and then a very rough 10 feet to where the squeeze lets up and the climb gets easier. A great offwidth but it is super grainy and you will probably be cleaning the route wit, h your body on the way up. Bring a 3, 4 and 5. If you are uncomfortable with lipping out with a wide top out, bring a 6 for mental purposes. I would also agree with Rob about the 5-9 grade. It's harder than other 5-9 offwidths I've been on both in and out of Jtree... Nov 20, 2017
Leslie Kim
Los Angeles, CA
Leslie Kim   Los Angeles, CA
This is a great introductory squeeze chimney lead! The protection is good, and the route feels pretty solid the whole way up (for a squeeze chimney). I didn't have as much trouble with the exfoliation as the previous two comments, so I'll clock it in as 5.8. If the Dolphin felt fun to you but just a tiny bit easy, give this one a shot.

I took a single rack with 2x #3's, #4's, skipped the #5 and brought a #6. I wish I had kept some larger pieces (#1-#3) for the anchor. Walk-off descent through the gully, towards the big tree and yucca bushes. A little bit of down-shimmying will get you back on the ground. Apr 9, 2018