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The Cathouse

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L to R R to L Alpha
Alley Cat T 
Bobcat T 
Casa del Gato T 
Cat Scratch Fever T 
Chicken Pox Leave Bad Scars T 
Dwarf Among Midgets T 
Fat Cats  S 
Feline Pine T 
Felix T 
Felix Brown T,TR 
Fun in the Sun T 
Garfield T 
Heathcliff T 
Hello Kitty T 
Highstep T 
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 
Siamese T 
Sidestep T 
Tourette's Syndrome T 

The Cathouse Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.02, -116.17496 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Steve Powell on Feb 25, 2007
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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

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Cathouse

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Cathouse:
Hello Kitty   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Bobcat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For The Cathouse
Rock Climbing Photo: A. Alley Cat 5.5 B. Siamese 5.8 * C. Fat Cats 5.7 ...

Siamese 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Cathouse
Look for this short cliff on the right as you enter the Cathouse canyon. Same start as Alley Cat, then move right to a bolt and make a delicate traverse (5.8) to the right. Climb straight up past another bolt (5.7) up to a 2 bolt belay/rappel anchor. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Cathouse Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: North views from the Cathouse...
BETA PHOTO: North views from the Cathouse...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the Cathouse looking into the "Land...
BETA PHOTO: View from the Cathouse looking into the "Land...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Cathouse, from approach. 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.

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