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Divine Wind TR 
Fantasy of Light T 
Minotaur T 
Mystic Knights of the Sea T,TR 


YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Todd Gordon & Alan Bartlett, March 1988
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 2, 2005

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Nearing the top of Minotaur (5.7), Joshua Tree NP


Climbs the featured thin crack to a wide finish in a prominent v-slot. Good gear placements abound and the wide bit at the top is just pulling on creaky jugs.

Downclimb to climber's left and take care, because while easy it's somewhat exposed. Perhaps best to lower or rap off for less-experienced and/or timid climbers.

One star out of five (maybe).


Left of center on the Minotaur Wall between Divine Wind on the left and Fantasy of Light to the right.


Gear to 3"

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By steve p
From: Scotia, New York
Apr 22, 2006

Great route - grabbing the "horns" to top out is pretty cool.
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
Feb 10, 2008

Climbs the smaller detached rock infront of the main wall. Climb up to the v-notch with two "hornz". No point in continuing through and up the backwall IMHO, uninteresting climbing on poor rock.
By Obi
From: Portland, OR
Oct 20, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Seems like there is some confusion between Vogel's full Jtree guide and his Jtree West guide re: which line is the minotaur. After talking to a couple of people, I feel like I have to agree with Ryan Kelly that the route is on the detached wall a little bit in front of Atlantis Wall proper.
By mmurduff Mic
Oct 30, 2012

Worth doing for the top out moves. Also a good line to get up and set TR on adjacent routes. The down climb is sketchy at best and warrants serious consideration of getting on or off this route. I hope to see a rappel anchor up there some day. Not recommended for the inexperienced Joshua Tree down climber.
By Brett Maguire
Mar 23, 2013

The photo shown here doesn't look like the route I climbed using the beta from Vogel's full JTree guide. Nodding at mmurduff's comment, this was definitely not an obvious downclimb and we had a rather unpleasant rap down. I don't think the climb was worth the sketchy adventure getting down, though a more experienced JTree climber will likely differ. (Shoutout to Brooks: I have some good photos of you on this - shoot me a message if interested.)
By splitclimber
Apr 16, 2013

yeah, the old vogel guide has the line starting on minotaur and ending on the wall behind it. confusing.

short, but really fun, esp. the top out.

a slightly sketchy reverse mantle move to descend
By Ancent
From: Reno, NV
Aug 16, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Two stuck stoppers evening spaced near the bottom and middle make the start of the climb feel like a sport climb. I tried to get them out but they are pretty stuck. Great holds the whole climb.

I agree with others about the sketchy descent. Some webbing and a ring slung around one of the hanging boulders would make an easy and safe rappel option. Something to consider for those who head there next...

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