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The Cathouse

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Felix Brown T,TR 
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Limited Partnership T 
Little Brown Jug T 
Marmac's Crack T 
Nine Lives T 
Not that good, but not that bad either TR 
Right of Garfield T 
San Rio Crack T 
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Tourette's Syndrome T 

The Cathouse 

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Submitted By: Steve Powell on Feb 25, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: The Cathouse Right Side


The Cathouse is the formation just south (left) of Playhouse Rock. The climbs are on the south side of the formation. The routes are short, but fun. The area apparently doesn't get climbed a lot as some of the routes are chossy.

Getting There 

Park at the Playhouse Rock turnout. The formation is to the left of Playhouse Rock. There is a tree sticking out of the formation on the side opposite Playhouse Rock.

Climbing Season

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Cathouse:
Bobcat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Cathouse
A. Alley Cat 5.5 <br />B. Siamese 5.8 * <br />C. Fat Cats 5.7 * <br />

Fat Cats 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Cathouse
Look for this short cliff on the right as you enter the Cathouse canyon.Slab with 2 bolts to steeper moves past one more bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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North views from the Cathouse...
BETA PHOTO: North views from the Cathouse...
View from the Cathouse looking into the "Land that Time Forgot"
BETA PHOTO: View from the Cathouse looking into the "Land that...
The Cathouse, from approach. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Cathouse, from approach.
Photo by Blitzo.
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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Apr 13, 2007

This wall is well sheltered from a west wind and faces Southeast, making it a possible destination on a cold and windy day. The climbs are only so-so, so don't go expecting any memorable classics.

We descended to the climber's left (from the right wall!) along the rib to the west, down some boulders to the south, and then through two holes and finally a small chimney. This brought us right back to the base of the right wall.

By Adam Stackhouse
May 26, 2007

While not classics, many of the routes provide good protection, and ascend some of the better than average Josh rock. Not long or necessarily sustained, this collection of routes will satisfy many a novice climber and/or seasoned climber looking for something easy. This package also includes some outstanding views.

By Russ Walling
Dec 16, 2013

This area ought to be called the "Cat Box" since most of the routes are buried turds. Sorta fun, but so is not going there.