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Stick to What 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R [details]
FA: Mike Jaffe and Larry Thaxton, April 1974
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 25, 2002

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"Stick To What". Photo by Blitzo.


A good heads-up slab route that will hold your attention and is best avoided on a warm day.

The run-out to the second bolt is not especially difficult but a fall will probably result in a crash into the boulders below. The second run-out after the last bolt is easier with less to worry about. Two stars out of five.


4 bolts (all 3/8"), gear to 2.5" for an anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Opland on "Stick to What". Photo by...
Greg Opland on "Stick to What". Photo by...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bad rubber and a good runout.  Maybe 1980?
Bad rubber and a good runout. Maybe 1980?
Rock Climbing Photo: Up high there is even an edge or two to lean out u...
Up high there is even an edge or two to lean out u...
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the top of 'stick to what' - a great climb.  ...
Near the top of 'stick to what' - a great climb. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: the name says it all
the name says it all
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on Stick to What (5.9 R), Joshua Tree NP
Climbers on Stick to What (5.9 R), Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Stick to What
Stick to What
Rock Climbing Photo: "Stick To What". Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Stick To What". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: "Stick to What". Photo by Blitzo.
"Stick to What". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing does ease up by a grade or so and it's su...
Climbing does ease up by a grade or so and it's su...
Rock Climbing Photo: The first bolt is a ways up there and doesn't do m...
The first bolt is a ways up there and doesn't do m...
Rock Climbing Photo: Notice the runout to the second bolt.  Crux is pas...
Notice the runout to the second bolt. Crux is pas...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up to the first bolt
Heading up to the first bolt

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By Jamie Silliman
From: Wilton, CA
Apr 14, 2003

I second the poster about where the route goes. Do *not* clip the 2nd bolt located to the left of the first bolt a little up and left, and do not stray too far right from the 1st bolt. Route follows line about three feet to right of bolt. It scared me quite a bit, but it's all there. Definitely an R with the atrocious landing.
By Gary Kleiger
May 19, 2003

Can be climbed directly above the first bolt too.
By Woody Stark
Oct 6, 2003

I've led this sucker three or four times over the years. It's very hard "nine" getting to the first bolt. Don't blow it.
By David Evans
Dec 1, 2003
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

5.10a and runout! Fun and a bit scary.
By C Miller
From: CA
Dec 13, 2003

This route seems to be getting slicker over time.
By Drew
Apr 23, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

2nd route I led at Jtree. Scared the shitte out of me. I just kept looking at the chunderous boulders below. Damn happy every time I got to the next bolt! Sketch unless you are used to J-tree slab.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Jan 5, 2005
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

I have led this a few times in the past and again today and cannot understand how anyone sees it going harder than no way is it anywhere in the 5.10's........might be a style more suited to me? Couldn't honestly tell you on that one........but it is deffinatly fun and as noted, be careful not to fall between the first and second bolt.............might end up way beyond "OUCH!".........
By Bo Johnston
Feb 6, 2005

The runout after the first bolt played with my head and I bailed. I have a little boy waiting for his dad to come home after a J-Tree visit and this route was not worth playing with that! I lead "Forbidden Paradise" to the right instead and TRed this route from their shared anchor. As far as quality goes, this route has NOTHING on "Forbidden Paradise". Can you tell I'm bitter about bailing??
By Paul Rezucha
From: Alameda
Jun 5, 2006

Great face/slab climbing but definitely a long run out to the second bolt that you don't want to blow. Hard to rate this accurately but 5.9+ to 10a seems right. Thin and delicate for sure. The climbing eases up but is still great all the way to the top!
By Adam Stackhouse
Jun 5, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

As an old school boy to JTree, leading this 18 years ago was a proper introduction as to what was expected of a slab climber at the Tree. Yea, it was a bit runout, but that was the sacrifice for the 5.9 grade. If you want it, its there, but this aint no sport climb!
By Alex Andrews
Aug 6, 2007

If you blow this one you will hit deck,
By Adam Kimmerly
Nov 5, 2007

Almost every time I climb at echo I chase unsuspecting leaders away from this route. They arrive at Echo, fresh from climbing 5.8s, maybe some 5.9s in the gym or elsewhere and are at Echo because the routes are "sport" climbs (they're bolted, right? So they must be sport climbs...) and they don't require any trad gear (they don't have racks yet). They first check out Double Dip and Stichter Quits, but find lines three parties long waiting for them, so they head for the next easiest route in the guide that's nearby - Stick to What. That's where I find them - standing at the base of the route a little confused as to which bolts go with which route. They usually assume the bolt on Legolas is part of the route as they can't comprehend why anyone would climb something with the bolts so far apart that you'd end up a blob of brokenness in the talus if you fell before reaching the second bolt on the route.

Anyway, my round-about point is that I hope to see an "R" in the next issue of the guidebook, and possibly a note of warning or something to help keep unsuspecting newer leaders off of this route. It's a stout, heady line that is best left to those who are solid at the grade and used to JTree slab.
By Jonathan Kaplan
May 2, 2008

It's been a while since I've done this route, but it used to be a favorite of mine -- one I'd make sure to do on most trips.

My recollection is the crux is pretty much right at the first bolt. If you can make that move, the moves to the second bolt just keep getting easier and more secure. It is a bit of a head-game, but it never struck me as dangerous, per se. Yes, falling just below the second bolt would be very bad, but it isn't very likely, especially if you made it to the first bolt in the first place...

That said, I've had friends clip the first bolt, make the crux move, look at the next moves, and give up, so it isn't for everyone...
By Gregg Olson
From: ca
Oct 4, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Maybe not the best route for a timid 5.9 gym rat, but having done many R rated climbs I dont think this one quite makes that grade. I think with a good belay this is fairly safe route and a great lesson in " keep your cool " face climbing. I would hate to give this one an R rating and have someone think " that wasnt so bad "
and jump on a real R rated route that could do some damage.
By Dylan Colon
From: Eugene, OR
Jan 8, 2011

When I was at Echo Rock this week there was significant confusion about where this route goes. At the base of the wall where Legolas, Stick to What, and Forbidden Paradise are there is kind of a mess of bolts. Specifically, there seems to be a clear Forbidden Paradise bolt line, but three "first bolts" to the left of that at about the same height. The middle one has a significant rust streak underneath it. I climbed up to a better-looking bolt at the same level and right of the rusty one, and then continued up and left about 10 feet to another bolt roughly above the rusty one, then angled back right into the water streak that forms the upper part of Stick to What. This didn't seem super dangerous so I assume from the above I must have done the wrong line for Stick to What. Where does each route go?
By Joe Hunt
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Sep 7, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R

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