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The Outback  


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0208, -116.1659 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Many excellent formations are to be found in this extensive area that generally has short easy approaches. Many classics are found in this area that's not far from the campground but feels like it is. Cracks, faces, mixed routes and even some sport climbs are here.

Some of the many classics here include- Super Roof (5.9+) and Sidewinder (5.10b), Hot Rocks (5.11b), Grain Surgery (5.10a), Apartheid (5.12a), Jugline (5.11c), Rollerball (5.10b), and Blood of Christ (5.12a).

Additionally good bouldering is scattered throughout the area as are some local curiosities like The Hobbit Hole and The Iron Door Cave.


Getting There 

The Outback is the large collection of formations that are found to the north of Hidden Valley Campground. They extend from near the Quail Springs Road (Steve Canyon) east towards Echo Cove (Peyote Cracks wall) and north to Dutzi Rock. Approaches vary but most are made via Hidden Valley Campground as this typically affords the shortest walk.

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Weather station 9.9 miles from here

130 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',51],['1 Star',48],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',12],['5.8',11],['5.9',14],['5.10',48],['5.11',21],['5.12',12],['5.13',2],['>=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 Outback:
Skinny Dip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Super Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Steve Canyon : Super Roof Wall
Looney Tunes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Amanda   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon Area : The Hot Tub
Watanobe Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon Area : Watanobe Wall
Grain Surgery   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Rollerball   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Rollerball Formation
Come-n-Do-Me   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon Area : Watanobe Wall
Sidewinder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
A Woman's Work is Never Done   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Labor Dome
Diamondback   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The Decompensator of Lhasa   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Jumping Jack Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Rollercoaster   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Rollerball Formation
Hot Rocks   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Jugline   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Wet T-Shirt Night   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Apartheid   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Baby Apes   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
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Featured Route For The Outback
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The Decompensator of Lhasa 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Grain Surgery Wall
Located on the right hand face of the upper east side of Steve Canyon. Start off a boulder to the right of the large central chimney system (Hoopharkz, 5.4). From the boulder, reach out right to a horizontal and the left-arching crack system above (small cams). A direct start is possible (5.11c/d) but the complete lack of pro keeps people off. Above, gear in the horizontal protects moves up to steep friction past 2 bolts (crux). Higher, a third bolt protects a traverse right to the arete w...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Local Information for The Outback
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This arching joshua tree used to stand near the Pe...
This arching joshua tree used to stand near the Pe...
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in bloom, Joshua Tr...
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in bloom, Joshua Tr...
The Heap
BETA PHOTO: The Heap
The Outback
The Outback
In the Outback. Photo by Blitzo.
In the Outback. Photo by Blitzo.
Headed In to the Outback.
Headed In to the Outback.
Cool clouds in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
Cool clouds in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) in the O...
Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) in the O...
Mt. Dutzi, Joshua Tree NP
Mt. Dutzi, Joshua Tree NP
Wall of Biblical Fallacies
BETA PHOTO: Wall of Biblical Fallacies
Climbing on Watanobe Wall
Climbing on Watanobe Wall
Dutzi Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Dutzi Rock, Joshua Tree NP
An interesting Joshua Tree hiding somewhere in the...
An interesting Joshua Tree hiding somewhere in the...
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spring is here

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