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Planet X 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Unknown, 1970's
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 1, 2005

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BETA PHOTO: "Planet X".


Start above a cactus and climb a steep, juggy hand crack until it narrows to thin hands, then fingers and then finally dies out at a bolt. Clip the bolt and make some face moves using patina edges and smears to reach up and left to a short flared crack that leads to the summit.

Enjoy the view of the surrounding desert - Saddle Rocks, Headstone Rock, The Astro Domes, King Dome/Hall of Horrors and the Loose Lady Buttress are some of the formations visible from the summit of this formation, and then rap off the west face from anchors atop the route Planet Y. Two stars out of five.


The route Planet X takes a nice line up the south face of the eponymous pinnacle via a nice crack and it's typically the first route encountered when approaching the formation.


Gear to 2.5", bolt (3/8"), bolted rap anchor (3/8")

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By Randy
Feb 14, 2005

FA: Mark & Beverly Powell, c1966 [FA info:(c)2005 Randy Vogel]
By C Miller
From: CA
Feb 14, 2005

Thanks for the FA info Randy. There used to be an old piton in the crack, but it's long gone.
By Abdullah
Apr 28, 2005
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Vogel doesn't give this route any stars and I don't know why except its not 5.11 or harder. Just the fact this is the easiest way to the top of a perfect tower should give the route two stars. The climbing is nearly perfect albiet a little short, 60 ft. Should be four stars and a must for the 5.8 leader.
By Randy
Apr 29, 2005

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VOGEL: "But of course! Its all new, different and exciting darling. It will blow you socks off...really." "That sounds great! I can't wait to see Vol. 1."

VOGEL: "You and about 200,000 other climbers, darling. Remember patience is a virtue and Rome wasn't published in a day." "Any highlights you would like to share with us?"

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By Lloyd Morris
From: Perris Ca.
Mar 7, 2006

Short,very fun 5.8 crack climb.
By Randy
Mar 7, 2006

I will note that the bolt/rap anchor may be well placed for topping out and rapping off Planet Y, it is very inconvenient for a belay anchor for this route (Planet X) -- it being way off left and down.
By 4fun
Nov 15, 2006

Not my favorite climb. Tricky Anchor
By peterlila
Dec 30, 2008

Nuts work better than cams...really.
By Pete eye
From: Fort Collins, CO
Dec 21, 2009

sling the horns for part of your anchor system. bring some cams to use too.
By Russ Walling
Oct 16, 2011

Fun and short. Bolt anchor on top is not that convenient for this route and either an extendo runner is needed, like a 20ft one, or sling some plates to TR. Good rock, good moves, shady in the afternoon. I'd go 2.386 stars if MP would let me.
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
Nov 7, 2011

Once I lead this climb with the rope fed through my harness , but not tied at all . I was about to be lowered , and pull a Lynn Hill , but for whatever reason I stopped and checked my knot , and noticed there was none . Almost killed by complacency .
By Canon
Nov 17, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Decent climb, great for an early tick out of Ryan Campground.
Jan 9, 2017

I really agree with Abdullah - four stars, and a must for any 5.8 leader. Of the many I've climbed at Josh, this one sticks out in my memory.

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