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The Asylum Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 33.98989, -116.14247 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Apr 17, 2013
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The Asylum is an enlcosed corridor running north-to-south which is made up of three separate walls - Scary Rock, Keith's Wall and Split Personality Rock. Good climbing can be found here and the slightly rugged approach keeps the traffic to a minimum.

Getting There 

Approach as per Split Personality Rock from the north or easier still hike up past Conrad Rock and enter from a rocky notch where the top of Scary Rock will be visible. The approach takes 15-20 minutes from the closest parking area.

Climbing Season

For the Oyster Bar Area area.

Weather station 11.1 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Asylum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Asylum:
Shock Therapy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Split Personality Rock
Venus Which is Green (aka Disposition Crevice)   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Split Personality Rock
Split Personality   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Split Personality Rock
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Featured Route For The Asylum
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan Goshall near the crux of Split Personality (5....

Split Personality 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Split Personality Rock
Visible from the parking area, this distinctive arete is perhaps the best route in The Asylum and fully worth the short hike to access it.The lower section is a balancy, sharp arete which gives way to an easier middle section. The crux comes at the very end with small edges on excellent rock, and while possible to "escape" left and make this a little easier, the better rock and moves lie straight up. Great rock, excellent position and engaging technical moves make this a stellar route. Four star...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south into The Asylum, Joshua Tree NP
Looking south into The Asylum, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the rocky notch used on the upper approach...
BETA PHOTO: This is the rocky notch used on the upper approach...

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