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Big Hunk (Southwest Face)

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Big Hunk (Southwest Face) Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: C Miller on Apr 15, 2013
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The left side of Big Hunk's SW Face, Joshua Tree N...

Description 

Though large in size the southwest face of Big Hunk is fairly broken with almost all of the routes on the right side on the Midnight Dreamer and Cryogenics Walls. The "Forgotten Valley", a flat-bottomed and very vegetated open area, is located here bordered on the west by Little Hunk - NE Face (Shady Grove Wall).

Getting There 

The best approach is by circling around the southern end of Little Hunk from SW Face Right (Monkey Business Wall) and scrambling up along boulders past Little Hunk - NE Face (Left) and then through a notch to the base. The approach takes about 15-20 minutes from the car.


Climbing Season

For the Echo Rock Area area.

Weather station 9.1 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Hunk (Southwest Face)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Hunk (Southwest Face):
Midnight Dreamer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Black Tuna   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Transformers   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: 1) Edge, downward pull, chalk, rest  2) Edge, down...

Transformers 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Big Hunk (Southwest Face)
This one starts in the same place as Midnight Dreamer, but promptly moves left via technical climbing on a ledge. The climbing then goes straight up, on thin, sharp, crimps to a small overlap. Ease your tips in the wonderfully smooth pocket, then launch through the overlap into the bullet hard patina. Trend right to a ledge, then over a final short headwall.Still needs some cleaning, but this is easily the best route on the wall. A number of people have commented that it is reminiscent of a easy...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: The center of Big Hunk's SW Face, Joshua Tree NP
The center of Big Hunk's SW Face, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: The right side of Big Hunk's SW Face, Joshua Tree ...
The right side of Big Hunk's SW Face, Joshua Tree ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The notch to access the left side of Little Hunk's...
BETA PHOTO: The notch to access the left side of Little Hunk's...
Rock Climbing Photo: The rocky notch used to access Big Hunk's SW Face,...
BETA PHOTO: The rocky notch used to access Big Hunk's SW Face,...
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Hunk (Southwest Face) , Joshua Tree NP
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