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The White Elephant (aka Comet Wall)

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Location: 34.04733, -116.14073 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard Shore on Mar 16, 2015
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A 250' southwest-facing slabby wall located adjacent to the Bighorn Dome in the Wonderland. Dubbed "The White Elephant" by Fred Beckey and Brian Gochoel during their FA in Feb 1969, a flake hanging partway up the wall likely gave rise to the name. A vague description in the AAJ and a lack of published information allowed the formation to fall into obscurity; it was later developed and renamed the "Comet Wall" by Alan Bartlett and co. in the 1990's. Decent rock quality, a "real" summit, and an easy descent off the backside add to the appeal of this historic piece of JT stone.

Getting There 

Follow directions out to Bighorn Dome - heading towards the Astro Domes, hang a right after Freak Brothers Dome, and once in the open desert past the Pea Brain, look due north towards the heap of rock that makes up the bulk of Bighorn Dome. The White Elephant is a SW facing wall on the front left of the pile, near the mouth of Boulder Canyon.

Climbing Season

For the Wonderland South area.

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

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Southwest Face (Beckey Route) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The White Elephant (aka Com...
The fabled 4-pitch Beckey Route of JT. Probably the only route in Joshua Tree that was ever submitted to the American Alpine Journal. In his words - "with some probing, we found a long face, almost four pitches, in a large formation east of the main campground... The entire ascent was free and on good rock with a maximum of F8 on the last pitch to the summit." The route starts below and left of the obvious "White Elephant" flake, hanging 50' up the wall. A minor bushwhack gets you started on rou...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Greg Opland
Mar 19, 2015
Map to the Comet Wall:

By Jeff Scheuerell
Mar 19, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: I shot these guys just about where this wall is. M...
I shot these guys just about where this wall is. Made a great day even better.

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