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Pitted Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.01302, -116.16798 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Drewsky on Dec 19, 2008


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This smallish wall is located directly to the right as one enters Real Hidden Valley from the parking lot. The south face is visible from the parking area. It has an obvious wandering boltline, Pitfall (.11c). There are a couple of topropes (Overpowered By Hootch, Reefer Madness, both .12+) on a boulder to the right of the previous route. Around the corner on the east face are Pit Slut (.12a) which certainly warrants a look. Two other routes, The Gash, .10a and Betty Gravel, 5.9 start to the right and from above on the summit block, respectively. The rock here ranges from good (Pit Slut) to gravelly (Pit Slut descent).

Getting There 

Pitfall and the topropes can be approached from the parking lot. Pit Slut is probably more easily approached from the corridor behind Pitted Rock, passing the more well-known Leaping Leaner, 5.6, en route.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pitfall, 5.11

Pitfall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Pitted Rock
This south-facing route is visible from the parking lot and is in the sun most of the day. Steep, slightly run-out slab climbing on excellent brown patina. Two out of five stars. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Dec 20, 2008
Right of Pitfall is Cockpit (5.9+) and has maybe 3 bolts and joins Pitfall at the run-out last moves. Around the corner to the left is The Gay Germans (5.10c) with a couple of bolts and a short crack section.
By Josh Harding
From: Mariposa, Ca
Nov 25, 2010
Surprisingly great routes on this little face. Pitfall (11c) always makes me think and Cockpit (9+) is a great warm up. I belayed Too Strong on Pitfall before the bolts where replaced, scary. Thanks to whoever replaced the bolts.

I am curious, what's the deal with the recent installation of the two bolt anchor and glaringly loud chains on a sub-face to climbers right (Hurricane)? The crack that leads to these bolts is less then 25 feet and doesn't seem very note worthy for the visually loud hardware which is front and center for visitors to see? So many options exist for building anchors, natural anchor in the crack to the left, Pitfalls bolted anchors with a directional. At least a paint job on the new hardware?
By Drewsky
Mar 8, 2014
This is a late response, but if I remember correctly, during one Joshua Tree trip (must've been before 2010) there were a number of people present in that vicinity shooting either a commercial or music video. I believe the anchors were added as part of that project, but that's only because I remember seeing some of the personnel using them at the time. If it's the anchor I'm thinking of, it's very visible from the parking lot on the right side of the place where Pitfall tops out. From its description though it sounds like maybe Hurricane always had a bolted anchor. Maybe it was just updated?

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