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YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Vaino Kodas & Tony Yaniro, 1981
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Submitted By: Vernon Stiefel on Oct 25, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Hot Lava (5.11a), Joshua Tree NP


This south facing climb, which ascends a polished slab and sharp arete, appears deceptively easy from the ground. After clipping a bolt, high step and rock onto the slab from a platform. Continue to the flattened top of the boulder using small edges on the arete, and micro-knobs on the face past three more bolts. Insecure smearing requires continuous body tension. Traverse left about 7 more feet to the anchors after reaching the flattened top. This route is great but not recommended on a sunny and warm day!


Quickdraws for four bolts suffice for pro. A two bolt rappel anchor with rings is at the top.

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By C Miller
From: CA
Dec 9, 2003
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Great rock but the lack of height is a factor. Two stars out of five.

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