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The Outback Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0208, -116.1659 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Many excellent formations are to be found in this extensive area that generally has short easy approaches. Many classics are found in this area that's not far from the campground but feels like it is. Cracks, faces, mixed routes and even some sport climbs are here.

Some of the many classics here include- Super Roof (5.9+) and Sidewinder (5.10b), Hot Rocks (5.11b), Grain Surgery (5.10a), Apartheid (5.12a), Jugline (5.11c), Rollerball (5.10b), and Blood of Christ (5.12a).

Additionally good bouldering is scattered throughout the area as are some local curiosities like The Hobbit Hole and The Iron Door Cave.


Getting There 

The Outback is the large collection of formations that are found to the north of Hidden Valley Campground. They extend from near the Quail Springs Road (Steve Canyon) east towards Echo Cove (Peyote Cracks wall) and north to Dutzi Rock. Approaches vary but most are made via Hidden Valley Campground as this typically affords the shortest walk.

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.9 miles from here

144 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',61],['1 Star',51],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',14],['5.7',14],['5.8',15],['5.9',17],['5.10',48],['5.11',21],['5.12',13],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Outback

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Outback:
Skinny Dip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Super Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Steve Canyon : Super Roof Wall
Looney Tunes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Watanobe Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon Area : Watanobe Wall
Amanda   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon Area : The Hot Tub
Candelabra   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon : The Orc Wall
Grain Surgery   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Rollerball   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Rollerball Formation
Sidewinder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
A Woman's Work is Never Done   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Labor Dome
Diamondback   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The Decompensator of Lhasa   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Jumping Jack Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Rollercoaster   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Rollerball Formation
Hot Rocks   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Jugline   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Wet T-Shirt Night   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Apartheid   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Baby Apes   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
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Featured Route For The Outback
Rock Climbing Photo: Drewsky falling off Baby Apes

Baby Apes 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
Classic line on the left side of the east face that climbs past the left side of a prominent roof via a thin crack. Seldom done and even less seldom led, this tenuous and powerful line has been soloed! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of The Outback Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This arching joshua tree used to stand near the Pe...
This arching joshua tree used to stand near the Pe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in bloom, Joshua Tr...
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in bloom, Joshua Tr...
Rock Climbing Photo: spring is here
spring is here
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Dutzi, Joshua Tree NP
Mt. Dutzi, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Dutzi Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Dutzi Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool clouds in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
Cool clouds in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Wall of Biblical Fallacies
BETA PHOTO: Wall of Biblical Fallacies
Rock Climbing Photo: The Heap
BETA PHOTO: The Heap
Rock Climbing Photo: Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) in the O...
Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) in the O...
Rock Climbing Photo: An interesting Joshua Tree hiding somewhere in the...
An interesting Joshua Tree hiding somewhere in the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing on Watanobe Wall
Climbing on Watanobe Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: In the Outback. Photo by Blitzo.
In the Outback. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Headed In to the Outback.
Headed In to the Outback.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Outback
The Outback

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By Joel Ryan
From: New York, New York
Mar 19, 2017
CONDITION REPORT 
CLOSURE:

The following formations are closed for falcon nesting until June 15, 2017.

Patagonia Pile
The Head
Labor Dome
Wall of Biblical Fallacies

Please respect the closure and give the falcons their much needed space.
By BRegan
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Mar 29, 2017
One of the parent birds currently nesting on the Patagonia Pile. Please give them the space they need to raise their young.
March 2017
Rock Climbing Photo: Raptor at Patagonia Pile
Raptor at Patagonia Pile


Thank you very much, JTNP

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