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Shady for most of the day and both steeper and smoother in texture than the southern side, this side of Castle Rock has the bulk of the better routes in the area with rating ranging from 5.0 to 5.11+ although most are in the 5.10 and under range. A nice variety of both cracks and faces are available here with plenty to choose from in the moderate grades.
Approach through the campground to the obvious northern side of Castle Rock.
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Diagnostics 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Count Dracula 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
That Old Soft Shoe 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Bella Lugosi 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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That Old Soft Shoe 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Castle Rock - North Side
In the center of the Northwest face there are two slanting chimney/cracks that join at the top forming a sort of inverted vee. This climb lies roughly 25' left of the left chimney/crack and climbs a section of smooth face protected by six bolts [4 of which were replaced 4/00 - ed.].Due to it's well protected nature and and quality stone this is a popular climb of this area, one that should not be missed....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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