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.
25 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
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Beginner's One 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : The Blob - West Face
This route is only somewhat similar to Beginner's Two, but perhaps easier due to the lack of a steep 'pod' as had by it's neighbor. On the West Face of The Blob, there is an obvious crack on the upper half. Scramble up to this crack via a low-angle slab; mind the scaling rock, it can crumble. Access the crack, place some pro and climb to the top. The route is 5.3 or so, yes, but not sewn up and there is a little scaling on the bottom half- not the best intro to leading. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
|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.