The Blob is the next large formation north of The Old Woman in Hidden Valley Campground.
On the East Face (facing the campground), Papa Woolsey (5.10b) is one of the few true JT "sport routes". Mama Woolsey (5.10a R) lies just right of Papa Woolsey, and is tricky to protect (think RP's) below the crux and a serious lead. Buissonier is a fun 5.7 around the corner left of the previous routes. Descents for these routes is an exposed walk-off to the south.
On the West Face, The Bong is an easily-protectable 5.4 that makes for an excellent first trad lead (Others include Beginner's Two (5.2) and Beginner's One (5.3). Hobbit Roof (5.10d) is short but sweet, and the crimpy crux is protected with a bolt.
Buissonier and the Woolsey routes are approached through campsite (#21) along paved loop of HVCG. Be sure to ask for permission before charging through an occupied campsite.
24 Total Routes
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The Persian Room 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : The Blob - East Face
This climb deserves some recognition! Brilliant, tricky, and sustained climbing through the crux. Off the ground, 5.10-ish climbing leads to about the 1/3 height of the groove and the crux. Hard liebacking, stemming, jams, use of the main and two subsidiary cracks and rounded sides, sloping texture, knee bars, and other trickery will see you through. Once you reach the small pin scars a body length from the sloping ledge, it eases way off. The squeeze chimney above is trivial, perhaps 5.7. This ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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|By Flying T|
Apr 15, 2003
Down-climb for the north end looks exposed, but isn't bad. From atop The Bong et al, head east down the slab to find a short crack with ample plates for holds. Descend ~7 feet, then through an eye and past a deep cave (don't wake the residents). Straight down another short, exposed north-facing crack drops you about 50 feet east of The Bong.
|By Jeff Buhl|
Apr 12, 2009
If you are climbing up Beginners One or Beginners Two expect the down climb to be of about the same difficulty but much more exposed (and w/o a rope). For a rock with so many beginner climbs it could use a rap anchor. Looks like a few have been chopped.
Jan 1, 2013
I agree with the comment above, with a rock with so many beginner routes, there should be at least one set of anchors for rapping (no TR) especially when you see the down climb as the crux of these routes.