BETA PHOTO: Stirrup Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Stirrup Rock has something for everyone, anytime of the year. The south face is a wind-sheltered sunbowl on the most frigid days of winter, while the north face catches shade in the warmer seasons. The crag is notable for its bulletproof dark-brown patina, which is flawless, with a smattering of light-colored stone, which isn't. On the south side, Peter Eater Pumpkin Eater
is a tricky .10 finger crack with a low crux, while Overpowered By Funk
just to the right is an ultra classic 5.12b toprope (or exciting lead). On the north face, Jugular Vein
(5.8) is an amazing moderate that swallows gear, while Freckle Face (5.11a) will elicit a smile even as your fingers and forearms pump out for the finishing crux.
From the parking area, head west to Zippy rock, then turn right and head north to the major big brown crag with the long tall fingercrack. Scramble around the right(east) end to access the routes on the north side. Descend the slab on the east end to a rap from bolts or a couple easy fifth-class smears down to the boulders.
Weather station 12.1 miles from here
13 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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New Toy 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Stirrup Rock - North Face
This climbs the obvious left-slanting crack system on the left edge of the shady north face of Stirrup Rock. Work your way down into the "pit" at the base and climb off a boulder into the crack. Jugular Vein (5.8) climbs this route and then cuts right to join a crack/dike system. Rap off bolts to climbers left to descend.This is another route that receives mention in the Winger's 60 Classics/Trad Guide to Joshua Tree. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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