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Indian Palisades Corridor

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L to R R to L Alpha
"Woody's Variation" T 
Bitter Brew T 
Cotton Mouth T 
Eyes of Amber (aka Chivalry's not Dead) T 
Harrell-Turner T 
Liver is Evil and Must Be Punished, The T 
Mumbling Bee T 
Serpent Scales S 
Shank, The S 
Snakes in the Grass S 
Toe the Line T 
Water Moccasin S 
Wheat Chex T 
Willit Slab S 

Indian Palisades Corridor Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Mark J. Nelson on Nov 5, 2002

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Indian Palisades Corridor, Joshua Tree NP


This wall contains mostly moderate, short, friction routes. It's a mix of patina-covered, exfoliated, and relatively clean, coarse rock.

Getting There 

From the Willit Pillar, just behind campsite #3, walk right and scramble through the boulders. This wall is actually the back side of the Varnished Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Indian Palisades Corridor

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Palisades Corridor:
Willit Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Serpent Scales   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cotton Mouth   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Water Moccasin   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Toe the Line   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Harrell-Turner 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Indian Palisades Corridor
This route is fun, but a scary lead. It's characterized by highsteps onto slopers and good smears. Located near the upper (right) end of the Indian Palisades Corridor, in the white section apparent in the picture attached. The climb starts low and left of the first bolt, going up to it (10-), past it a ways (5.10b) and continuing up past moves of decreasing difficulty to join the anchors on Serpent Scales, a solid 2-bolt anchor on the belly of a bulge, just before 1/2 rope (0n a 60M). The climb...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 11, 2003
Quoted from the ASCA website: "Chivalry's Not Dead": Both protection bolts replaced. Note that a thin horizontal near the top, which appears to have once had a fixed pin, is now very difficult to protect without specialty gear - however, the climbing is easy, and the more difficult climbing by the first two bolts is already runout. ASCA 1/02
By Mark J. Nelson
Jan 13, 2003
From my memory, and notes I made in my guidebooks:

Vogel describes Eyes of Amber as "ascends the brown face 25 feet left of Water Moccasin" and Chivalry's Not Dead as a "three-bolt route 15 feet right of Eyes of Amber," implying that it is only ten feet from Water Moccasin. He also describes a toprope (Snakes in the Grass, 5.9) between Chivalry's Not Dead and Water Moccasin.

Bartlett describes Water Moccasin as "20 feet right of Eyes of Amber," and lists a toprope (Snakes in the Grass, 5.8+) in between the two.

Based on these descriptions, and on the complete absence of a second bolted line left of Snakes in the Grass, I believe that Chivalry's Not Dead and Eyes of Amber are the same route. If I'm wrong, then the route I submitted as Eyes of Amber is more likely Chivalry's Not Dead, though there are no other bolted lines left of this all the way to Wheat Chex.

(This would not be the first time that Vogel described one route as two; witness "Cunning Linguist" and "We'll Get Them Little Pricks" on Nuclear Reactor Rock.)

By Murf
Jan 13, 2003
Damn that Vogel! And he rates Double cross at 5.7+!
By jeff allison
Dec 1, 2010
can somebody tell me what about a route in Indian Palisades corridor, it is past wheat chex about as far as you can go to the right. I saw 2 bolts going over a small roof. Is this a mixed route or an unfinished route. Where does this route end? thanks
By Chris D
From: the couch
Feb 2, 2014
I'm not even high, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what the hell is what on this wall, but I was up there this and last weekend and climbed everything that went under .10 and found it to be an enjoyable wall to get a bunch of climbing in. Bolts and rap rings all over.

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