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Storm Riders (aka The Answer) 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rex Pieper & Doug Benner, November 1989
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Submitted By: Rex Pieper on Sep 29, 2006

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A flaring archy chimney thats way easier than it l...


Doug and I climbed this in threatening weather. Exiting from the dihedral was a flake of rock that was a perfect handhold to help pull you out. When exiting, I pulled on that flake and it came off (I have some before/during/after pics of the FA). I don't believe that it was climbed prior to our ascent as this flake would obviously have been touched prior, had the route been climbed. Thus I dispute the "Answer" FA claim. If the "Answer" team can show me photos of that flake there during their ascent...I'll acquiesce and accept their claimed FA and name.

And as a historical sidenote, it was my name that stuck to this formation and have always thought it one of the better names I came up with. I only wish it was a better "dome." Haha.

We climbed "Storm Riders" to explore elements of the formation for other ascents and walked off to the west.


Large, obvious, left-facing flake/dihedral/overhang. Called "The Answer" in Vogel's guide.


Medium to 3 inches

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By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 25, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun pitch that lends itself to a variety of approaches...crack, chimney, face. Protects well. No discernable crux. Tops out near the base of "Honey" an arching crack and face pitch which is excellent (much better than this pitch) but "Honey" is best done in cool/cold weather for reasons you will discover on route.
By joed
Apr 29, 2010

The top out on The Answer is classic and worth the price of admission. Feels gymnastic.

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