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a first taste of j-tree rock. The dikes on Tip-Toe...
On the left side of the west face of Trashcan Rock (facing the large parking area), there are three wide, ugly-looking cracks. From left to right, they are B-3, B-2, and B-1.
B-3 is not as fun as B-1, but it's definitely a better climb than B-2. It might be worth climbing if you're new at the game and someone has set a TR for you, or if you've climbed Karpkwitz, since you can anchor the two from the same spot. Probably not worth seeking out for its own sake, though.
Medium to large pieces. Slings for anchor. Descend to the north.
Lori leading on a cold J-tree day
Climbing B-3 5.3 on top rope. Natural anchors are ...
Sep 10, 2006
Feels harder than 5.3.
|By Tavis Ricksecker|
From: Bishop, ca
Jan 1, 2007
...especially when you're onsight soloing.
|By Mark L|
Apr 30, 2007
good first trad lead - again not so straight forward and easy as the 5.3 rating would have you believe. I had a buddy climbing 5.9 at the gym that couldnt get through the top part. Good pro options and some jamming practice opportunities. A little on the short side to be worth doing.
Nov 18, 2008
All three of these easy hand cracks are good climbs. Fun to hit early in the morning and run up as a solo session. I definately suggest all three as beginning leads or solos for those looking for low risk climb to really learn on. Lots of places for solid pro. Good place to learn to set up a gear anchor as well
|By Mike Dudley|
Dec 29, 2008
As a beginner trad leader this and the other B climbs were a lot of fun! Feels a little harder then a 5.3 but not too bad at all.
|By Chris D|
From: the couch
Jan 23, 2010
Ha! Led this as one of my early leads, with a girl I'd taught to belay about 3 hours earlier. Figured I'd be fine in a free solo mindframe at 5.3, even though I'd never climbed the route before...
...welcome to Joshua Tree!
This climb is 5.3...if you climb weird, off-width sloping cracks that try to spit you out the whole way up.
Don't get me wrong; it's low-angle, and at it's hardest shouldn't feel worse than 5.5 or so, but it doesn't go at the level that most 5.3s go at.
|By Gary Schenk|
Mar 17, 2010
A good 5.3 is one that makes you stop and think. This is a 5.3 climb...after you figure it out.
|By Rodger Raubach|
Mar 11, 2011
I also rated this a 5.4 based on some comparisons on Trashcan Rock. At this level, does it really matter?