|Isles in the Sky
John Dubrawski on Bird of Fire. Photo: David Gasto...
Isles In The Sky is the foreboding-looking formation southwest of the Split Rocks parking area. The slightly overhanging Bird Of Fire (5.10a) is the prime line here.
Northeast exposure makes this a good choice for late afternoon climbing on hot days.
From the Split Rocks parking area, hike SW along trail for approximately 3/4 mile. The Isles in the Sky formation is the largest of the formations and lies west of Rubicon. Some 3rd/4th class scrambling is involved in getting to the large ledge at the base of the routes.
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5.11a Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet
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Bird of Fire
: Joshua Tree National Park
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Climb the stellar finger-small hands crack to the slightly bulging finish. Nice ledge just below the final 8 feet or so to rest on and get psyched out. You can see the big chalk mark from the ground. Throw in some good pro here and fire it up.There is a 2 bolt anchor/rap (3/8") located just right of the top of this climb. Rap back to base w/one rope (70')....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
BETA PHOTO: The Isles In The Sky formation
BETA PHOTO: Isles In The Sky.
Photo by Blitzo.
Matt, chillen, somewhere near the Isle.
|Comments on Isles in the Sky
|By Mike Hack|
Feb 24, 2005
Anyone know anything about the routes in the corridor behind Bird of Fire? Crack #n (n=1-whatever)? Some of them get a few stars in Randy's guide . . . anyone climbed any of them?
|By C Miller|
Feb 24, 2005
Some of those routes in the corridor are good, even if they are a little gritty.
|By Craig Randleman|
From: Phoenix, AZ
Mar 25, 2008
A secure webbing rap station has been added to avoid downclimbing the 4th class from the ledge. Head climber's right about 50 yards of Bird Of Fire. A 60m cord drops you right at the base of the trail.
|By Simon Hatfield|
From: Los Angeles, CA
Mar 29, 2011
That webbing is now gone as of March 2011. A good way to get down with an inexperienced party is to set up a rappel 30 yards climber's LEFT of Bird of Fire off of a few cams in a handcrack behind a boulder. Let everyone but the strongest climber rap with the packs, toss the rope, and downclimb the 4th - easy 5th handcrack in the corner.
Make sure to tape up and get on Crack #5 (shaped like a Y), the rock is coarse, but excellent.
|By mark felber|
From: Frisco, CO,USA
Apr 8, 2011
We couldn't find a rap off the Bird of Fire ledge, so we continued on the approach to Isles Corridor, went through the Corridor and out the other side and down to the trail. Very adventurous boulder hopping and tuneling.