Brandi sticking the crux on Slashface. Photo: R.Mi...
Another of Joshua Tree's finest boulder problems, this ascends the center of a beautiful vertical face peppered with juggy slashes. The crux is encountered fairly low on the problem, leaving many airy jugs to be savored. The problem tops out at around 25 ft. with an easy, yet committing mantel.
This fairly obvious boulder is located along the approach to Jerry's Quarry. Park at turnout #5 (on the right, just before the Road Unmaintained sign), walk west towards the largest formation (Jerry's Quarry) for approximately 1/2 mile to a large boulder that sits next to a small rockpile, just before a very large wash. The problem is on the west side of the boulder.
was there a couple weeks ago. We were forced to leave after about 20 minutes due to horrible swarms of bees that literally made us keep a steady jog back to the car. Severely disappointing as we did not have time to truly work this amazing problem. Won't be back in J-tree for a while as we are from Wisconsin. This is one of the most beautiful boulders I've ever seen.
Funny thing about this one was that BITD it wasn't considered a true highball (like Way Too High or So High et al) because the crux was down low and the top was easy 5.10. But that first time up was an adventure for everyone. Gotta be one of the true classics at Josh.