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Member Since: Oct 14, 2007
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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Intersection Rock : Water Chute (5.10b R)
By: Shaun Purvis When: Dec 15, 2009

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Comments: I enjoyed this climb. I've seen people top-rope it and stem the whole thing in a very insecure manner. But leading it chimney style was interesting and with cams for pro no longer deserves the R rating.

Location: CA : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : The Witch : Igor Unchained (5.9+)
By: Shaun Purvis When: Oct 16, 2007

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Comments: Good news for climbers on a budget: with a little confidence, I'd say this route is easily done on a single set of cams. I brought doubles in the 1"-3" range, as suggested, but never used them. On the third pitch, I used almost entirely nuts. May not be the best idea, however, if you're not comfortable with the grade or not used to crack climbing. When I did it in fall, pitches 1 & 2 remained almost completely shaded (brrrrrrr) while pitch 3 got sun in the afternoon.

Location: CA : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Voodoo Dome : White Punks on Dope (5.8+ PG13)
By: Shaun Purvis When: Oct 15, 2007

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Comments: Very beautiful, but certainly challenging for the grade (my second would agree). Highly recommend a 60m so the first pitch can be climbed to the roof, cutting it any shorter just wouldn't do it justice. Don't be tempted to combine pitches 2 & 3, you'll loose all communication (verbal or rope) with your belayer. Also, I think ending pitch 2 at the start of the chasm, as opposed to in the alcove, would avoid rope drag for the next pitch and make for a more comfortable belay. The layback pitch ... more >>

Location: CA : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Voodoo Dome
By: Shaun Purvis When: Oct 15, 2007

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Comments: Don't make the mistake of parking in the FIRST large turnout on the right. There are several large turnouts 1.5 miles past Lower Peppermint campground, and the correct on is just past the creek. Also, the creek is very small and easy to miss. If you get there at night you'll have to listen really carefully for it.