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Best 5.12 sport routes in Joshua Tree?
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Feb 19, 2010
I've never been there before.
Somebody told me all the sport routes at J-tree suck?
That can't be true, right? Whats your top 5?
Ben Scott
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Sep 18, 2007
3,070 points
Feb 19, 2010
J-Tree's not really known for it's sport man. Red
From Tacoma, Toyota
Joined Sep 11, 2008
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Feb 19, 2010
Sole Fusion Hank Caylor
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
180 points
Feb 19, 2010
Not sure if you knew this, but the 'best routes for you in this area' feature of MP really shines when checking places out, especially in a place like josh with thousands of routes.

Josh sport routes, 12a-12d, at least 2 of 4 stars on MP:
From Oakland CA
Joined Nov 21, 2006
1,415 points
Feb 19, 2010
A couple that I remember enjoying are Bikini Whale and Satanic Mechanic. PRRose
From Boulder
Joined Feb 11, 2006
0 points
Feb 19, 2010
I don't think that the sport routes in Josh suck. There just isn't that many of them comparatively speaking. I haven't done many in the 5.12 range but recommend

Satanic Mechanic
Rap Bolters Are Week
Bikini Whale

Also in the 11 range
Janes Addiction
Roller Coaster
Bebop Tango

If you don't lead gear routes but can set up a TR on gear Leave It To Beaver is a really good route.

Try leading some of the easy slab routes if you get bored of sport routes. Sooo many good routes there. I gotta start planning a trip...

Ben Ricketts
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Apr 22, 2009
30 points
Feb 19, 2010
Just rappel "Leave it to Beaver" and preplace the gear. Voila: SPORT ROUTE! camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
1,190 points
Feb 19, 2010
A couple of questions to narrow it down -

Easy or hard 5.12's?
Do you mind slabby routes or are you looking for something a little steeper with holds?
Do you want a quick approach or mind hiking a bit?
C Miller
Joined Jan 1, 2002
52,050 points
Feb 19, 2010
Looking for sport routes at Josh is a little strange, since it's not the ethic of the park. If by sport you mean bolted (not necessarily overbolted), my favorites are The Manly Dike, Gunslinger, Ionic Strength, 5 Crying Cowboys, Tic Tic Boom, and Satanic Mechanic. Though some of these have a little gear, older bolts, and run-outs. But this is what makes them worth doing, and what makes Josh special. Rather than looking for what it doesn't offer, why not roll with the terrain a little? fubar
From Babylon
Joined Apr 4, 2008
50 points
Feb 20, 2010
Good one Hank Allen Hill
From FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Joined Jun 12, 2004
1,065 points
Feb 20, 2010
Josh has many routes with bolts but unfortunately many classic looking lines have loose, crumbling or just broken holds...DOH!

These classic routes should still be intact and will get you stoked!

True 5.12 "sport" routes (face/steep, powerful, fixed pro):
  • Tic Tic Boom 12a (crimpy face/steep slab)
  • Satanic Mechanic 12b (steep, funky holds/crack features)
  • Skinhead Arete 12c (killer overhanging arete!!!)
  • Father Figure 12d (unique and steep, slots and slopey crimps)

Multi-pitch or weird/sporty/very steep slab and classic:
  • Love Goddess 12a (deceptively slopey shelves)
  • Sole Fusion 12b (odd/cool geology. power-scrunch moves)
  • Warpath 12c (steep face cranks to steep slab, 2-3 pitches) [do Ionic Strength 12a (sweet arete!) on hike out]
  • Pope On A Rope 12d (sustained scoops, slopes, crimps and a friction move or two...)
Alex Shainman
Joined Jan 21, 2006
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