Coming down for the day I saw this unknown climber...
The massive lower portion of Saddle Rocks, easily identified by it's slabby west face, is called The Skirt
and is home to numerous quality routes from 5.5 to 5.13a on it's north, west and south faces with climbs as long as three pitches making it one of the few places in the Park to offer multi-pitch climbing.
Face climbing is the name of the game here, although a number of cracks are available, and for the slab climber offers a treasure trove of quality multi-pitch routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range which seldom see traffic.
Popular classics such as Right On
(5.5), Walk on the Wild Side
(5.8) see the bulk of the traffic however newer routes such as Santa Cruz
(5.10a), Harley Queen
(5.10c) and Where Have all the Cowboys Gone
(5.10d) are slowly seeing more ascents as word spreads which helps to spread out the traffic somewhat.
Hike the signed access trail to the base of the rock and then head either left or right depending upon where your climb of choice is located.
Weather station 10.7 miles from here
26 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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Silver Spur 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
This route is a variation to Bosch Job. Pitches 1 and 2 follow Bosch Job and the 3rd pitch climbs up and left where Bosch Job moves right.Begin by scrambling up a low-angle slab (at a right-facing corner) to a big ledge about 75 ft. right from the start of Right On. Pitch 1: Go left around the corner, then up a low-angle slab (5.5) to a belay at a small ledge with a block. Pitch 2 (10a): Up steepening face to a bolt, move left to a thin flake which leads to a small left-facing corner. Follo...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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