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Chimney Rock - West Face

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Chimney Rock - West Face 

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The west face of Chimney Rock is the more popular side and gets morning shade and afternoon sun. Ratings range from 5.7 to 5.11b, and there's even an aid climb (A2+) for those into that sort of thing. Recommended routes to do include the circuitous West Face Overhang (5.7), the hand/fist crack of Damper (5.9) and the highly popular dike of Pinched Rib (5.10a).

Safety Warning: The descent route down the "chimney" that splits the formation is filled with huge blocks and debris from a massive rockfall in the summer of 1994 when the route Loose Lips (5.11a) collapsed. While still possible to downclimb the chimney it's best avoid this route to avoid any multi-ton blocks shifting as you weight them.

Getting There 

Approach from points within the Campground or park in the day use parking lot beneath Intersection Rock and walk east to the visible formation.

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chimney Rock - West Face:
Damper   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Dyno in the Dark   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Pinched Rib   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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"Damper". <br />Photo by Locker.

Damper 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Chimney Rock - West Face
The obvious wide crack left of Pinched Rib is a good exercise in fist jamming. Despite appearances it's better than it looks and the only thing lacking is length. Descend off to the climber's right, the same descent as for Pinched Rib....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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