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Rusty Wall

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Finish What You Started T 
Maneater, The T,TR 
O'Kelley's Crack T 
Riddles in the Dark (aka Ok Crank) T 
Slapshot T 
Wangerbanger T 

Rusty Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.03212, -116.17216 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Salamanizer suchoski, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M. Morley on Nov 25, 2002
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Angelina climbing smoothly through the crux of Wan...


What the Rusty Wall lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. There are two excellent, steep cracks to climb here: O'Kelley's Crack (5.10c) on the right and Wangerbanger (5.11c) to the left.

Getting There 

From Echo Tee, hang a left and, if driving, park where the dirt road ends at a gate, which is the entrance to Keys Ranch. Walk west towards the obvious orange-colored wall. Approach time: 10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Rusty Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rusty Wall:
The Maneater   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
O'Kelley's Crack   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Wangerbanger   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Riddles in the Dark (aka Ok Crank)   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Finish What You Started   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Rusty Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Jorge climbing O'Kelly's Crack

O'Kelley's Crack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rusty Wall
A gnarly 5.11 boulder problem start (cupped hands or fists and awkward tight fingers, can be aided) leads to stellar 5.10 hands up a gorgeous vertical wall. This route is as good as the best desert splitters and is on some of the best rock in jtree. In my opinion, the best route in the park by a signifigant margin and one of the best routes anywhere....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Rusty Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rusty Wall, showing Wangerbanger (L) and O'Kelley'...
BETA PHOTO: Rusty Wall, showing Wangerbanger (L) and O'Kelley'...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rusty Wall from the road, Joshua Tree NP
Rusty Wall from the road, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Rusty Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Rusty Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rusty Wall from approach. Photo by Blitzo.
Rusty Wall from approach. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Murf
Nov 25, 2002
Rusty Wall is part of the Outback , not Echo!
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 25, 2002
Murf - I'm just going by Randy's guide here. He categorizes Rusty Wall under "Echo Rock Area". It's right on the border between Echo and The Outback.
By tom donnelly
From: san diego
Dec 5, 2014
As you take the trail west from the parking area towards Rusty wall, the trail goes between 2 rocks, and then branches off to the right from the main trail.
Do not continue on the main trail; it is private property. Often the No Trespassing signs are stolen. Rusty Wall is near the boundary and Aussie Foods Wall is almost right on the boundary. Anything to the west and southwest of those Walls is private property, where target shooting is legal.

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