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The Old Woman  


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South West face of the Old Woman

Description 

The Old Woman boasts several fine lines including the notorious Double Cross (IMO, the hardest 5.7 in the Park), Dogleg (an awkward 5.8), Toe Jam, the crowd-pleasing Geronimo, and if you're up to it - Bearded Cabbage (5.10c) and Spider Line (5.11d).


Getting There 

From the bulletin board at Hidden Valley Campground, turn around and you are looking directly at the east face of The Old Woman. The right-angling crack is Toe Jam / Spider.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.1 miles from here

24 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',4],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',9],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Old Woman:
Geronimo   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   The Old Woman - East Face
Toe Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Old Woman - East Face
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman - West Face
Dogleg   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Sexy Grandma   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Orphan   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Dandelion   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Bearded Cabbage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - East Face
Band Saw   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman - West Face
Route 499   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   The Old Woman - West Face
Bridwell-Sustad   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Old Woman - West Face
Spider Line   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Old Woman - East Face
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Featured Route For The Old Woman
Art Liebacking thru the crux into the handcrack

Bearded Cabbage 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Old Woman - East Face
This is a fun and interesting route!Approach as for ToeJam or Judas and look up and to the right. You will see a upward and left-rising "near-horizontal flake" coming into from the far right side of the East Face slab of the Old Woman. Above this feature there is a single bolt in the relatively short and blank section of rock between the horizontal and a vertical jam crack. Only the vertical handcrack system is visible in the attached photo.To climb this route, scramble up and to the right on...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The West Face of 'The Old Woman' in the afternoon
The West Face of 'The Old Woman' in the afternoon
The Old Woman - West Face
BETA PHOTO: The Old Woman - West Face
Old Woman-Spring. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Old Woman-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
The Old Woman formation
BETA PHOTO: The Old Woman formation
Reaching for placements high up on the Dogleg
Reaching for placements high up on the Dogleg
The Old Woman-West. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Old Woman-West. Photo by Blitzo.
The Old Woman.
The Old Woman.
Old Woman and joshua tree. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Old Woman and joshua tree. Photo by Blitzo.
The Old Woman peering out from her shawl, Joshua Tree
The Old Woman peering out from her shawl, Joshua T...
Kelly onsighting Double Cross
Kelly onsighting Double Cross
Leading Double Cross
Leading Double Cross
The park's namesake tree.
The park's namesake tree.
The Old Woman - East Face
BETA PHOTO: The Old Woman - East Face
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