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The Gate Keeper Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.4813, -117.1294 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on May 15, 2008


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Gate Keeper(right) in front of Pillar of Hope(left...


The Gate Keeper sits in front of the Pillar of Hope, just a few feet to the northeast. The wall faces northeast and so will see some sunshine in the morning but is in shade most of the day. It is distinguished by a large concave feature to the right of center, and a couple smaller such dishes, one to the left and another above. Although this wall is only 30’ high at best, it is home to three very good routes that are well-protected on negative ground. Like elsewhere in the Cemetery, the quality of rock is very good.

Getting There 

The Gate Keeper is in the central part of the Cemetery, just in front of the Pillar of Hope. Approach as for the Pillar of Hope or walk south from the Tombstones.

Climbing Season

For the The Cemetery area.

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Gate Keeper

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Gate Keeper:
Existence Denied   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Return to Hell   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Featured Route For The Gate Keeper
Rock Climbing Photo: Cody entering the traverse crux of Return to Hell

Return to Hell 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : High Desert : ... : The Gate Keeper
Return to Hell is pumpy, delicate and sustained - a real quality route for the grade. Start on the southeast arete of the Gate Keeper. Work up and right through a series of taxing maneuvers, traversing several times below the bolts. There seems to be no one crux as the climb is very sustained, although I had the most difficulty moving up after the second traverse; the most improbable move is perhaps that final move to gain the anchor. Rappel to descend....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Gate Keeper, climber is just past the traverse cru...
Gate Keeper, climber is just past the traverse cru...
Rock Climbing Photo: The bottom of The Gate Keeper. A beautiful and ver...
The bottom of The Gate Keeper. A beautiful and ver...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Gate Keeper, in morning sun.
BETA PHOTO: The Gate Keeper, in morning sun.

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