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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Old Gray Mare

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (9)

Trad, 1 pitch

WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Castle Rock

Aug 21, 2009

Steel Grill

5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a (17)

Trad, 1 pitch, 80'

WA : Vantage (Frenchman Coulee) : ... : King Pins

Mar 16, 2009

Indirect Action

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (15)

Sport

CA : High Desert : ... : Indirect Crag

Feb 21, 2009

Eating Crow

5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a (3)

Trad, 1 pitch, 70'

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Crow's Nest

Apr 20, 2008

Crow's Feet

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c (4)

Trad, 1 pitch, 75'

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Crow's Nest

Apr 20, 2008

Caws and Effect (FA)

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (4)

Trad, 1 pitch, 75'

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Crow's Nest

Apr 20, 2008

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Brian Hench on Fresh Garlic

Brian Hench on Fresh Garlic

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Fresh Garlic (5.9)

Apr 21, 2008

I should be Dancin', Jim Spencer on lead.

I should be Dancin', Jim Spencer on lead.

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : I Should Be Dancin' (5.7)

Apr 21, 2008

Raptor nest on ledge at Reef Rock

Raptor nest on ledge at Reef Rock

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Reef Rock

Apr 21, 2008

Datura inoxia (Jimson Weed) on descent from The Crow's Nest- warning highly toxic! Do not eat!

Datura inoxia (Jimson Weed) on descent from The Crow's Nest- warning highly toxic! Do not eat!

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Crow's Nest

Apr 21, 2008

No Strings Attached, The Crow's Nest

No Strings Attached, The Crow's Nest

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : No Strings Attached (5.6)

Apr 21, 2008

Trench Connection, The Crow's Nest, Towers of Uncertainty, Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree National Park

Trench Connection, The Crow's Nest, Towers of Uncertainty, Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree National Park

CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Trench Connection (5.5)

Apr 21, 2008

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks : Monkey Mayhem (5.5)
By: Brian Hench When: Aug 23, 2011

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Comments: It may have been chossy at one time, but has cleaned up nicely. A good beginner lead.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Saddle Rocks Area : Saddle Rocks : ... : Orange Flake (5.8)
By: Brian Hench When: Jan 2, 2011

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Comments: This route could be done in three pitches with a 70 meter rope. Using our 60 m rope, it was 3 pitches and spare change. The offwidth sections are not that hard, and with good technique one could do them with a pack on. (If that's what you're into...)


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : The North Buttress : The Uneventful (5.5)
By: Brian Hench When: Jul 3, 2010

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Comments: I am starting to think that Randy got parts of Lip Up Fatty confused with The Uneventful. The 5.8 pitch corner above the J-Tree may be part of the former route.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : The Grotto
By: Brian Hench When: May 17, 2010

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Comments: Those climbs will never be open for climbing- ever! They were all erased!

Those routes were on north-facing cliffs- precisely where Dudleyas prefer to grow. There are a lot of different Dudleya species at Echo. If I remember correctly, the ranger said the endangered one was D. moreliana, named for its tendency to hold onto its dead leaves.

This web site has a long list of Dudleya species.

crassulaceae.net/index.php?opt...... more >>


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : The Grotto : Game Boy (5.8)
By: Brian Hench When: May 17, 2010

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Comments: The rating is a sandbag. It IS much harder than the route to the left.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : Left Flank : Photo
By: Brian Hench When: Mar 21, 2010

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Comments: This photo is of the Grotto area including Xanadu to Lowrider?


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Echo Cliffs : Left Flank : Black Tide (5.9)
By: Brian Hench When: Mar 21, 2010

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Comments: Can be wet near the top after a rain. One should watch out for loose rock on this route.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous : K-2 (5.9)
By: Brian Hench When: Dec 1, 2009

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Comments: The left bolt of the belay anchor consists of an aluminum carabiner trapped in a chain link. Top ropers have worn a groove 2/3 of the way through this biner. There is no other way to use this bolt than to clip the worn biner. It is dangerous and should be replaced! Bring a hacksaw and some quick links.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Moosedog Tower : Tranquility (5.6)
By: Brian Hench When: Nov 24, 2009

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Comments: This route is not 5.6.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Varnished Wall : Crank Queenie (5.8)
By: Brian Hench When: Nov 23, 2009

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Comments: The rap slings are at the top of Malice.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Whitney : East Face (5.6)
By: Brian Hench When: Oct 6, 2009

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Comments: I thought the Tower Traverse and Fresh Air Traverse were memorable, but the rest of the pitches were not, except for the short crux chimney.

It's not as hard as it looks. There are many features inside the crack near the bottom and then outside near the top. Haul your packs using a bight of rope and it will be easy.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Tumwater Canyon : Castle Rock : Cat Burglar (5.6)
By: Brian Hench When: Aug 21, 2009

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Comments: This route is somewhat confusing to many people. Make sure you figure out where you go before you start. It follows a slanting ledge system, up and right then goes around a corner and up a left facing corner and left to a ledge with a bunch of ancient pitons. Belay here. Second pitch goes up and to the right.

If you are not careful, rope drag can be a real problem on this route.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Tumwater Canyon : Castle Rock : Crack of Doom (5.10b)
By: Brian Hench When: Aug 21, 2009

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Comments: The access described above is basically the start of Winter Solstice. Another way to get to Crack of Doom is to climb the enjoyable route Old Gray Mare.


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