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Lovey (aka Whale of a Time) 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dave Wonderly, Jack Marshall & Jennifer Wonderly, January 1988
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Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 23, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: "Lovey". Photo by Blitzo.


Make some face moves past a bolt into a left-facing flake, climb that to it's end and finish with some easier face climbing to the top. Descend off the right side of the formation. Fun climbing on good rock merit two stars out of five.

  • Originally done without any bolts; the bolt was added later by another party believing they were doing the first ascent.


This route is located on the west face of a large block that sits down and right from the main Gilligan's Island crag.


One bolt (3/8"), gear to 3 inches

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 21, 2003

The bolt on Lovey was replaced 1/2003.
By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 15, 2007

"Anyone who says money can't buy happiness doesn't know where to shop."
"I don't know how we're going to explain to our friends that we spent several years with people who aren't even in the social register."

Eunice Wentworth "Lovey" Howell
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Feb 8, 2014

Clean crack with interesting transitional moves. Nice line for any area, just so happens to be Lovey too.
By Dustin Stephens
Feb 6, 2017

Pretty fun. An anchor on this formation would be nice as getting down is long and tedious. As is, it makes for a nice detour to scramble up and to get to the tall "Mary Ann" slabs up and left of this boulder.
By phylp
From: Upland
Mar 11, 2017

Well I certainly found the descent long and tedious too! Took much longer than doing the climb.
But the climbing was nice. Miramontes says standard rack, in J tree, I usually take that to mean up to 3"; I took a #3 and a #4 and used both.

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