Comments: Building on what ZoomLoco said. This peak is beautiful and definitely a good (but doable) challenge to do in a day. I should mention though that stretching it out into 3 long pitches required a bit of simulclimbing on the first pitch. (15 ft or so)
Comments: Awesome Route and BEST RAPPEL AT JOSHUA TREE!!!
The scramble off the chockstone looked a bit sketchy so we simul-rappelled off either side of the chockstone. The chockstone is fully suspended so your rappel is completely free hanging. If you are not comfortable with this technique, you can lower the first person and have them stay tied in and function as a counter weight while you rappel off the other side on a single strand.
Comments: Fun climbing that is not entirely trivial. Kind of low angle with good friction. If you are going to lead it, all you need is a couple of yellow TCUs and a couple of blue TCUs to be very well protected.
Comments: Oh my god. This climb is sooo much fun. I want to mate with the Incredible Handcrack and make baby IHCs that will hopefully resemble the original. The wear and tear of climbers is taking its toll on this route so get on it soon.
In the Kalymnos guidebook under the entry for the route Trela it quotes a spanish climber as saying "Oh my god, how could I have existed without having done this climb". IHC might be considered the crack climbers equivalent.
Comments: I thought this climb was really fun. Jumped on it after getting annoyed waiting for Whodunit. Reminded me a little of Illusion Dweller. As opposed to the guy in the picture, I took the left start.
Comments: I started from the right and was able to protect the move into the crack with a bomber nut and a gray TCU clipped to the nut as a directional. I probably wouldn't have even placed the gray TCU if it weren't for all the talk about this route being dangerous. I suppose Randy's warning is at least somewhat effective.
Comments: This route was pretty challenging and incredibly fun. We had a great time on it. Unfortunately the beta in the swain book was a bit misleading and I ended up having to downclimb most of the 6th pitch.
Comments: I didn't think this route was that good either. There were a ton of bolts on it often times when there was a perfectly good crack within reach. Also, we didn't think any of the moves warranted 5.9 or 5.8+ rating. It was kind of a straightforward climb and not very committing seeing as there are rap anchors at every belay.