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The Looking Glass

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Birthday Crew Arete T 
Bone on Bone T 
Brevis Arbor Fragor T 
Double Stem T 
Fracture Dynamics T 
Pain is an Emotion T 
Through the Looking Glass T 

The Looking Glass Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Murf on Nov 30, 2007
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High on Fracture Dynamics. Photo by RKV.


The Looking Glass is a remote portion of the "ridgeline" that runs from The Shady Spot, through Ellsmere Island, Hidden Dome, etc. to the highpoint at Keys Point. The 80' northeast face cannot be seen from the road. As noted in Joshua Tree West, the southwestern exposure is "small, broken, and unimpressive".

Getting There 

One way to get there is to follow the approach via Key's Point. From Key's Point, angle down and left to the base of the main northwest face, where Through the Looking Glass and Fracture Dynamics are located..

An alternate method would be to approach on the right side of the Outward Bound Slab. From the right side of the OBS head into the gully, on mostly easy boulder hopping. From the bottom of the ravine, head uphill. Aim to split the gap between the Greenhorn Dome and The Looking Glass. This approach will put you at the base of the Birthday Crew Arete with the main southwest face 150 yards below and to the left.

Climbing Season

For the North Wonderland Approach area.

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: In the midst of the crux of Birthday Crew Arete.  ...

Birthday Crew Arete 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Looking Glass
While short, the Birthday Crew Arete is high quality. Slightly grainy at the start, it cleans up fast. The route gradually gets harder until the crux arete moves just below the top. What would be a well worn classic close to the road is doomed to obscurity. If not for its length it would be 3 of 5 stars....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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