High Plains Drifter
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It's "ugly" as Bartlett states in his guide; and it certainly is. It's also awkward and quite strenuous. I put off climbing it for a number of years until I no longer had and excuse other than I'm not a masochist. Do it on an empty stomach.
Gear to 3", 2 bolt anchor/rap
BETA PHOTO: Go up left crack until it ends, then move right.
BETA PHOTO: High Plains Drifter (5.9), Joshua Tree NP
|Comments on High Plains Drifter
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 16, 2005
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
Protects OK if you ignore the rack beta in Vogel's book. Take a few pieces bigger than 2" and place solid pro before the 'barf move.'
|By C Miller|
Feb 2, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
Awkward, but solid jamming skills take the bite out of it. Short and somewhat forgettable at half a star out five.
|By Brandt Allen|
From: Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 18, 2009
The Bartlett guide clearly locates this route as right of the "ugly chimney." Thin hand jams through the crux bulge low on the route lead to easier climbing up the discontinuous crack above.
|By Avi Katz|
Jan 9, 2013
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
great fist jam at the bottom. easily protected crux with a 4 or 4.5