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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Captain Cook

5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 (1)

Trad, 2 pitches, 250'

CA : San Diego County : ... : Main Wall

Nov 30, 2013

Field of Dreams

5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a (3)

Trad, 1 pitch, 90'

CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Upper Bulge Routes

Sep 2, 2012

Breech Baby (FA)

5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c (2)

Trad, 1 pitch, 100'

NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : El Malpais

Jan 15, 2012

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Ian Cunningham liebacking the toward the shiny new bolt we replaced on the first pitch.

Ian Cunningham liebacking the toward the shiny new bolt we replaced on the first pitch.

CA : San Diego County : ... : Captain Cook (5.11a PG13)

Feb 5, 2014

Breech Baby 5.11a FA Onsight

Breech Baby 5.11a FA Onsight

NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : ... : Breech Baby (5.11a)

Jan 15, 2012

Breech Baby 5.11a FA Onsight

Breech Baby 5.11a FA Onsight

NM : New Mexico, I-40 Corridor : ... : Breech Baby (5.11a)

Jan 15, 2012

Cranking on Acid Crack

Cranking on Acid Crack

Trip Reports : Some fun in J-Tree: Gunslin...

Apr 27, 2010

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Rattlesnake Canyon : The Valley of Kings : ... : Firewater Chimney (5.10b)
By: Josh Higgins When: Jan 6, 2014

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Comments: The anchor is on the other side of the flake. Top the flake out (it's easy) and look on the other side.... I was looking around for a while assuming I was missing something.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas... : ... : Photo
By: Josh Higgins When: Sep 25, 2013

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Comments: What is this "pumped" that you speak of? ;) Great route, and my first 12a trad lead back in the day!


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : West Face Bulge Routes : Upper Bulge Routes : Field of Dreams (5.11d)
By: Josh Higgins When: Sep 19, 2013

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Comments: This thing requires time, creativity, and commitment if you aren't a slab master. Most people I know bail and rappel leaving a carabiner, including myself the first time. I've since redpointed it, but it took honest to go WORK! It's a fun learning experience, and unique even for Tahquitz.

The guidebook said 11b, and I didn't want to uprate this thing by more than 2 letter grades, but after redpointing it and talking to many friends who are good/competent climbers who have been completely shu... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan : West Face (5.11c)
By: Josh Higgins When: May 6, 2013

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Comments: Someone had an obscene amount of fixed gear on this route as of May 4, 2013. If someone goes up there in the near future and it's still there, toss it down since it's ugly and gets in the way. The way to identify it is about 600' of fixed yellow static on the first 3-4 pitches.

Josh


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Sorcerer : Scirocco (5.12-)
By: Josh Higgins When: Mar 25, 2013

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Comments: I gave this thing a ride in 2009, and managed to onsight it in one amazing pitch. I figured either I'd get it and it would be awesome, or I'd fail and go for a hell of a ride and it would be awesome. Win-Win! Scirocco is a reference to a wind near the Mediterranean as far as I can tell, and the route lives up to its name. I finally had to get a super early start to get on it due to the huge winds that can build throughout the day in that notch. I warmed up on Trade Winds, and immediately go... more >>


Location: CA : San Diego County : El Cajon Mountain : Center/Headwall : Diamond of San Diego (5.11d)
By: Josh Higgins When: Nov 25, 2012

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Comments: I just climbed the first two pitches before bailing due to a sick partner. Pitch 2 is serious, as stated above. There is a lot of 11a (or harder?) on it, and a lot of bad fall potential until you have the 3rd bolt clipped. I think it is very possible to hit the ledge below if you made a mistake in the wrong place. The 3rd pitch appeared to be fully bolted, and fantastic. I look forward to going back and seeing what the upper three pitches are all about.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall : Ghetto Blaster (5.13b)
By: Josh Higgins When: Oct 7, 2012

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Comments: The mantle is FAR from scary. The fall is super clean. Instead of clipping the anchors while working this route, just jump off for some nice air time. The mantle is trivial once you hit the good holds even if you're pumped. The route description is no exact beta for the top, and almost make it unclear. Take the time to figure out your best sequence for the top, because even if you flow through the bottom 3/4, the top is a hell of a boulder problem that lives up to its reputation.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Zion 2012 Spring Cliff Clos...
By: Josh Higgins When: Apr 16, 2012

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Comments: Cassie, I work with a climbing access group here in San Diego. We actively work with the local national forest to help spread the word about closures. It may help you to contact local climbers and have them "translate" the closures into boundaries that climbers can identify based on route names and routes in guidebooks. Perhaps you guys could work with a local climbing access group, if there is one, to mitigate confusion? It works great here! I'd like to say that it's great how friendly Zio... more >>


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Moonlight Buttress : The Moonlight Buttress (Fre... (5.12d)
By: Josh Higgins When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: I'd like to say that ticking this route is poor form. I was just up there, and the crux dihedral lieback went as far as to have annotations like "R" and "L". Someone was literally taking notes on the rock. If this thing is that far out of your ability, please stay off the route. The last hard ring lock pitch was pretty ticked out as well with 6" lines marking the pin scars. It's 40' and the scars are obvious. Without tick marks I can see every foot placement and plan out where I'll place g... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Glacier Point Apron : Galactic Hitchhiker (5.11b)
By: Josh Higgins When: Mar 1, 2012

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Comments: Roberto and I did the route last fall. It's a pretty amazing route, with better climbing than I expected. The first ascentionists did a great job, although it could use a bolt or two around pitches 18-20 if I remember right both for protection and to tell you which way the route goes. For a fun trip report at pullharder.org click HERE


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Warlock : Sea of Tranquility (5.11c/d PG13)
By: Josh Higgins When: Dec 7, 2011

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Comments: I doubt that this climb is in the 5.11 range. My friend and I were working on freeing Romantic Warrior and onsighting 5.11 face was pretty trivial. We lowered down to TR part of this route and were completely shut down by a move on one of the "5.11" pitches. It's tough...


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : Michael Strassman Memorial ... (5.10c)
By: Josh Higgins When: Jul 23, 2010

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Comments: Back in 2009 I was priviledged to bag the 2nd ascent! It's one of the most amazing aesthetic lines I've seen in the high sierra, let alone anywhere. Think Snake Dike, but protected and challenging...


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : The Astro Domes : North Astro Dome : ... : Gunslinger (5.12a/b)
By: Josh Higgins When: Apr 27, 2010

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Comments: Actually, I cruised the last pitch. It's definitely technical, but that's my style... The only pitch I fell on was the first, and there was nothing I could do to get that section free. I pulled on a bolt.

Here's the trip report:

pullharder.org/2010/04/26/desert-destruction/

Edit: Murf, maybe you saw me complete pitch 3 but then lower back down about 10'. I was building a belay using two of the newer lead bolts instead of using the crap 3rd pitch belay bolts. Roberto went up (coul... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : The Astro Domes : North Astro Dome : ... : Gunslinger (5.12a/b)
By: Josh Higgins When: Mar 18, 2010

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Comments: The first pitch still needs some cleaning up. It's a bizarre lead that keeps you on edge due to all the potato chips waiting to peel off. Also, I think the 1st pitch is now potentially harder than it used to be. I onsighted the entire route except one 5' section I couldn't free on TR. Maybe holds broke? Or, maybe I couldn't read the micro holds well enough? The upper pitch ratings are on for someone my height (~6'), otherwise the boulder problem might be significantly harder. The quarter ... more >>


Contributed Forum Posts

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