Joshua Tree

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Mar 02, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019

Cool day of climbing at Joshua Tree Hall of Horrors rocks with some strong winds to add some challenge.

Warmed up on a 5.7 and 5.8 until noon then moved to another formation to find a potential 5.7 with trad anchor. Unable to find a good spot for such an anchor, setup on a bolted anchor for what we thought was a 5.10-ish sport climb route. I got to put my body belay skills to the test to lower Andre down to the anchor. Andre did the 1st attempt and it looked pretty insane, but he eventually made it up and set some draws to prevent some serious pendulums. On my attempt, I quickly found myself at a point where I had to aid climb. After good instructions from Andre, was able to hoist myself up via feet in slings enough to get over the crux. Some challenging moves later made it to the top. This turned out being a 5.11b/c route (Cactus Flower)! Pretty happy to have been able to finish it, even with toprope and aid climbing! Andre climbed it one more time to clean, then did some trad setup but wind was getting too strong to do much more.

Difficulty5.7 - 5.11c
Highest Elevation
JurisdictionJoshua Tree National Forest
MapUSGS Keys View
TrailheadN park entrance - Hall of Horrors