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Where Two Deserts Meet 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mark Spencer, Shirley Spencer, and Dwight Simpson, March 1986
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Sep 7, 2006

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Where two deserts meet, 5.8 JT


This is a high quality lieback and finger crack. The name is taken from the nearby exhibit sign, indicating the transition between Mojave (high) desert and Colorado (low) desert.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Meeting with the two deserts and the moon.
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By Kevin Craig
Nov 16, 2007

Good and fun climb if you're driving by or on a crowded weekend - too short though. The rock is a bit gritty/grainy but has good gear (small - medium cams and nuts except a big cam around a 3 Camalot or 4 Friend protects the end) if you're experienced in placing/evaluating it. The grade is definitely easier than the 8+ that the Winger guide gives it - more like 7 or 7+ for one move with the rest easier. The crux is "thoughtful" rather than difficult. Be warned: the downclimb is quite tricky and not obvious (DON'T head toward the parking lot) - might be best to do the route with someone who has done the descent before.
By Ryan Kelly
From: work.
May 5, 2008

Gritty, questionable rock, including a major hold/foot at the start; leads to a couple ok jams in mediocre rock, then it's pretty much over. A climb to be missed, as is much of this side of the park IMHO.
By jblackattack blac
From: las vegas, nv
Feb 12, 2010

Not one of the stellar routes in the park. Basically a one move wonder route with the move being fun, but the grainy rock brings down the over all quality of the route
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Nov 28, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I certainly agree with Roger Linfield regarding the quality and rating of "Where Two Deserts Meet." Although not long, the quality of the climbing and the excellent protection make this an enjoyable route. Definitely deserving of inclusion in Winger's Joshua Tree Trad guidebook. Large cams for the anchor, back SE from the top. The descent is not obvious, so be careful.

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