Silver cholla and The Stirrup. Photo by Blitzo.
Stirrup Tank is located just down the road from Belle and White Tank Campgrounds and is a nice area to escape the crowds and confusion of Hidden Valley and the western part of the Park.
The rock quality ranges from horrible to good with most being your standard variety ball-bearing surface which if it saw some traffic would clean up - but that's a big if. Cracks here tend to be somewhat harsh and face climbs can unnerve those unfamiliar with the constantly changing medium; exceptions do exist thankfully.
While in this part of the Park explore a little and take the scenic drive down into the Pinto Basin and check out some of the sights like the Cholla Gardens, Smoke Tree Wash and Ocotillo Patch.
Stirrup Tank is accessed by a dirt road that starts 0.5 miles south of White Tank Campground
on the west side of the Pinto Basin Road. Drive the dirt road 1.5 miles to the end at a parking loop just north of the Stirrup Towers
Weather station 12.1 miles from here
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Nathletic Endeavor 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Natural Light Wall
This route is located on the right side of the wall. Climb up to the ledge, clip the first bolt and you're looking at the crux. Lie back on some crimpers and away you go. After you've made the move, follow the next bolt with some smears up to the top. There is a couple of bolts at the top to set up an anchor.The way off the top:Going off the backside is probably the natural instinct, but gets a little tricky. The down climb is easiest by going down the spine/arete directly east, climbers ri...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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