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This area is a little 10-15 minute stroll away from the parking lot and has some good climbs. The area is in the sun the entire day (with the exception of the route Tall Boy, morning shade) and has a nice staging area to drop off your stuff and enjoy a day in the sun. The area is about as quiet as it gets and if you saw another group, it would be a surprise.
Start by going west (away from the 'stirrup') from the parking lot of stirrup tank toward Bronto Rock and veer southwest (left). This should take you to Hai Karate rock. Its easiest to stay in the flat rather than getting close to the formation. About 5 minutes south of Hai Karate rock you should see off to the left a 80 foot left leaning block. This is the first climb in the Happy Hour Area, Tall Boy 5.10a. Around the corner (left) is a cul-de-sac of climbs, enjoy.
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Tall Boy 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Happy Hour Area
This route is the first route you'll see as you're walking into the Happy Hour Area. Its an 80 foot pillar that has broken off from its partner and is leaning to the left. You start the climb going up a crack to the right or a chimney to the left and get to the top of a 15 foot block. The crux is going up the inside face and making your way past two bolts out to the arete. Going up the arete is exciting and airy and worth it. You'll pass a few bolts along the way to get to within 15 feet of...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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