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The Sentinel - West Face

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Butt Buttress, The S 
Centipede, The T 
Chameleon, The T 
Desert Song T 
Flared Bear T 
Great White Buffalo T 
Illusion Dweller T 
Not for Loan T 
Rubberfat Syndrome, The TR 
Some Like It Hot T 
Where Eagles Dare T 
Where Janitors Dare T 
Worms in Your Brain T 

The Sentinel - West Face Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.01305, -116.17126 View Map  Incorrect?
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The west face of The Sentinel is an impressive wall stacked with high quality routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.13 in difficulty.

Routes listed from left to right:

The Butt Buttress (5.10b)
Flared Bear (5.10b)
Great White Buffalo (5.12a)
Sweep Walkers (5.9+)
Where Janitors Dare (5.7)
Where Eagles Dare (5.11d)
Not for Loan (5.10b)
Some Like It Hot (5.12c)
Desert Song (5.11b R)
The Scorpion (5.13c)
The Tarantula (5.12c)
Illusion Dweller (5.10b)
The Centipede (5.11d)
The Chameleon (5.12b R)
The Rubberfat Syndrome (5.11a TR)
Worms in Your Brain (5.11c)

Additionally there are a number of 2nd pitch variations and several traversing routes:

Crystal Keyhole (5.9)
Medicine Man (5.11b)
Desert Long (5.11b R)
I Can't Believe it's a Girl (5.10b)
Scared Bare (5.10d R)
Desert Tortoise (5.12a/b)
New Latitude (5.12a)

Getting There 

Approach via the nature trail and head left at the fork passing along the base of an obvious large face (The Sentinel - East Face) on the left side of the trail. When you get to the northern end of the formation make a left (heading west) across some rocks and then make another left heading back south to reach the west face. The approach takes 5-10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Sentinel - West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Sentinel - West Face:
Where Janitors Dare   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Illusion Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Butt Buttress   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Rubberfat Syndrome   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 100'   
Desert Song   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
The Centipede   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Where Eagles Dare   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
The Chameleon   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Some Like It Hot   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
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Featured Route For The Sentinel - West Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux of Illusion Dweller

Illusion Dweller 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Sentinel - West Face
Climb the obvious right-slanting crack using jams and lieback moves (it's often easier to keep one foot on the face for balance) until encountering a roof high on the route. A good rest is found here, so plug in some gear and pull the roof (crux) before topping out onto a nice ledge with a bolted anchor/rap. 100' rap from anchors or one can continue above the anchors and descend the slabby south face of the formation. Note: don't try ra...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of The Sentinel - West Face Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bobby P. moving through the sustained crux section...
Bobby P. moving through the sustained crux section...
Rock Climbing Photo: Illusion Dweller
Illusion Dweller
Rock Climbing Photo: Me in '83.  Dig the socks.
Me in '83. Dig the socks.
Rock Climbing Photo: Will near the top of the chimney portion
Will near the top of the chimney portion
Rock Climbing Photo: Pete Johnston aiding on Scared Bare 1976
Pete Johnston aiding on Scared Bare 1976
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sentinel west face
The Sentinel west face
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.

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