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Sandstone Sandwich 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b R

Type:  Trad, Sport, 110'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
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Sandstone Sandwich is a mostly bolted pitch between Excellent Adventure (shares anchors with it) and Dark Shadows. See Excellent Adventure's description for more details.

Start from the boulder where Dark Shadows starts and then traverse in on a ledge above the pool. Climb up the water polished slab past two modern bolts to an overlap/roof. Place gear here and pull onto the steep, beautiful face above. Head up past more bolts, generally trending to the left, to an anchor.


A bunch of quickdraws and a very light rack.

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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 19, 2007

In November there was a small patch of land just below the start of this route, large enough for a rope bag & belay. Getting off the ground was a bit tricky as the feet were slick and sloper edges for the initial launch then eased as you progress upward.

The route provided a different feel after the horizontal break midway and required several neat moves.

I liked it, I thought it was fun and right on for the grade. Then again, I was just following. Perhaps a bit heady on the lower part if leading.

Use 2 ropes to rap. You can get down using 1 70m and two raps but getting to the station to the climbers left and under the roof is a bit tricky.


By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Oct 26, 2009

The climbing is pretty easy on the runout slab. The serious part is reaching the first bolt on the head wall. You have to do some funky mid 5.10 moves with the potential for a swinging 25ft fall onto the slabs below.

By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 18, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13

Slab at the start (pretty easy) is the only runnout section. Above that you get great cams then bolts then gear again. Brilliant face climbing on a steep plated face.