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Purgatory Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,546'
Location: 34.4121, -117.8556 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jun 2, 2009


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Purgatory wall is the north-facing wall directly behind the far-left side of VD wall. It is home to several routes in the 5.10 to 5.11 range, including an old traditional-bolted 5.10. An interesting face comprised of slab and aggregate, and featuring the holes and “waves” common to the area, Purgatory is a beautiful wall but I’m sad to say I was not able to find any bolts. So unlike other walls in DPB, I was not able to locate any routes. I would appreciate any input from climbers who are familiar with this wall.

Getting There 

From the main trail that leads down from the parking lot to the creek, follow the creek to the east (left) downstream until there is no longer a hillside on your right. Find the trail heading south into the small valley. Continue past the ridge that defines VD wall. Head uphill to the right (behind VD wall) to reach the base of the Purgatory wall, on your left. Allow about 5 minutes hiking from where main trail hits the creek.

Climbing Season

For the South Area area.

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Purgatory Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Constine re-bolting No Philosophy. Start on t...

No Philosophy 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : High Desert : ... : Purgatory Wall
P1. Slabby and a tad gravelly and there's a 5.10c traverse left about halfway with a nasty runout.P2. Head up then traverse to get above the overhanging wall to the right. The second pitch is about 5.8 and is totally classic involving exposed steep face climbing on those ubiquitous knobs. This pitch more than makes up for the nervy and less than perfect first pitch....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Purgatory wall from the VD wall descent.
BETA PHOTO: Purgatory wall from the VD wall descent.
Rock Climbing Photo: Standing on Split Rock below the Purgatory Wall lo...
Standing on Split Rock below the Purgatory Wall lo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Purgatory wall.
BETA PHOTO: Purgatory wall.

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By Chad Parker
From: Ventura, California
Feb 7, 2016
In order from left to right... No Pilosophy (new bolts) 2 pitches, The Font 5.11, Prince Of Liars 5.11c/d. Walk up the gully all the routes start on a large ledge above a chimney. All bolted.

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