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Just Another Roadside Attraction 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Steven Powers on Jan 1, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: View from the road.


This is a fun climb located literally roadside. It follows the obvious crack system up the middle of the face, and being so close to the road you could almost belay from the passenger seat of your new shiny H2...make sure and smile at all the tourists that are creating the traffic jam behind them. I've done this route a few times and always had a couple of cars stop for photos of my friends and I on the route. Maybe give them something to talk about and take a small whipper on purpose (wink, wink).


.5 - 3 Camalot including the anchor. Descend via the east side of the formation.

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By Randy
Sep 10, 2003
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

When I did this route last year, it seemed VERY soft for 5.9. An OK little route, but more like 5.7.
By Flying T
Sep 12, 2003

Oof, 5.7? That hurts. I certainly didn't think it was a solid 5.9, but now your just making me feel bad. Perhaps it's the mentality I have of going up against Josh 5.9s. Fun route at the top, but too short.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Mar 16, 2004

My son and I just did this the other day. It protected well and we give it a rating of! Easy walkoff, in the shade in the afternoons, close to road, easy to set anchors on top. Only drawback is it is too damned short! Call up the one in charge and request another earthquake!
By Bo Johnston
Oct 10, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This route was great! Steep as heck for a 5.9 but the holds are definitely there. No way on the 5.7 idea but I can see how on a strong day it may feel easy. I was pleased with the length but would have loved it to keep going.
By Blitzo
Sep 17, 2006

I don't go along with the 5.7 rating. Most of it is, but when it gets wider, I think it's a bit harder.
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Oct 15, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Add another vote for soft.

A good first 5.9 if someone is chasing the number?
By Shipp
From: laguna beach, ca
Jan 23, 2009
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Now I know why they call this roadside attraction - last Friday at sunset, on our way out of the park just passing roadside attraction. A car stops and two hot chicks jump out in black trench coats. They proceed to take off the coats and pose naked for a full photo shoot. I just love Joshua Tree.
By Gavin Bridgeman
From: Tustin, California
Oct 28, 2013

Maybe I botched the sequence, but I felt this to be right on at 5.9, if only for a move.
By dnaiscool
Apr 18, 2015

I think this route is terrific: steep, cool movement on highly featured vertical rock, and the shortest approach ever. If you have not done this climb, then knock it off the next time you are driving by. 5.9...sure...why not.

Good Pro, too:
#1,2,3 TCU; #1,2(2),3 Camalot; #13 stopper...and 2" to 4" gear (+slings) for the top belay

Easy walk off to climber's left.

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