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Katrina Wall Rock Climbing 

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Katrina Wall is the north-most of the central walls of Voodoo Garden. It faces east and north and is home to some of the best routes in the Holcomb area. All routes are bolted and feature nice movement, sometimes quite sequential, with moments of airy exposure. Although there are occasional flakes of questionable solidity, the quality of rock is very good; most of the holds are solid and the routes clean, despite not having been climbed much at this point. Named for the hurricane that almost wiped out New Orleans in ’05, the route names on Katrina call to mind the flavor of the Big Easy.

Routes listed from left to right -

When the Levee Breaks (5.9)
Bourbon Street (5.9)
Mardi Gras (5.9+)
French Quartered (5.7)
Blue Bayou (5.7)
The Big Easy (5.8)

Getting There 

From the lower sections of the Voodoo Garden, work your way north and west, past Peyronie’s Wall, across the boulders up the hillside to the base of Katrina.

Climbing Season

For the Holcomb Valley Pinnacles area.

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Katrina Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Katrina Wall:
Bourbon Street   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mardi Gras   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Katrina Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Williams on the lower section.

French Quartered 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Katrina Wall
Start to the right of the wide, right-slanting crack. Parallel the crack on small holds, working up and right through the crux to top out on a small pillar. Walk across the gully to a headwall. The psychological crux comes while stepping out into the exposure of the headwall, protected by the fourth bolt. Continue up over easier ground to the anchor, sheared with Blue Bayou. Rappel to descend....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Katrina Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The east face of Katrina Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The east face of Katrina Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking southeast from Katrina Wall.
Looking southeast from Katrina Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Katrina Wall from the northeast.
BETA PHOTO: Katrina Wall from the northeast.

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Oct 13, 2010
When you head back down the boulders from Katrina, and step down onto the sand, looking east there's a big tree on the left, behind that tree there's a bolted route up a shattered pillar. Anyone know what it's called and it's grade? It looks kinda nice.
By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Aug 28, 2011
I would love to know the name of the route. I lead it today - I would say it goes at .11a, mostly due to the slabby moves on the upper portion.

I couldn't find the route, much less the rock, in the Treasures of Big Bear Basin guidebook (if this is the same route you are talking about). I think it has 6 bolts and chain anchor.
By C Miller
From: CA
Aug 29, 2011
Chris, that sounds like Flibbertigibbet.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Mar 7, 2012
That's it! Thanks Chris.

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