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The Sentinel - West Face

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Butt Buttress, The S 
Centipede, The T 
Chameleon, The T 
Desert Song T 
Flared Bear T 
Great White Buffalo T 
Illusion Dweller T 
Not for Loan T 
Rubberfat Syndrome, The TR 
Some Like It Hot T 
Where Eagles Dare T 
Where Janitors Dare T 
Worms in Your Brain T 

The Sentinel - West Face  

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Location: 34.01305, -116.17126 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 5, 2009
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The west face of The Sentinel is an impressive wall stacked with high quality routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.13 in difficulty.

Routes listed from left to right:

The Butt Buttress (5.10b)
Flared Bear (5.10b)
Great White Buffalo (5.12a)
Sweep Walkers (5.9+)
Where Janitors Dare (5.7)
Where Eagles Dare (5.11d)
Not for Loan (5.10b)
Some Like It Hot (5.12c)
Desert Song (5.11b R)
The Scorpion (5.13c)
The Tarantula (5.12c)
Illusion Dweller (5.10b)
The Centipede (5.11d)
The Chameleon (5.12b R)
The Rubberfat Syndrome (5.11a TR)
Worms in Your Brain (5.11c)

Additionally there are a number of 2nd pitch variations and several traversing routes:

Crystal Keyhole (5.9)
Medicine Man (5.11b)
Desert Long (5.11b R)
I Can't Believe it's a Girl (5.10b)
Scared Bare (5.10d R)
Desert Tortoise (5.12a/b)
New Latitude (5.12a)

Getting There 

Approach via the nature trail and head left at the fork passing along the base of an obvious large face (The Sentinel - East Face) on the left side of the trail. When you get to the northern end of the formation make a left (heading west) across some rocks and then make another left heading back south to reach the west face. The approach takes 5-10 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

13 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sentinel - West Face:
Where Janitors Dare   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Butt Buttress   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Not for Loan   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Illusion Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Rubberfat Syndrome   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 100'   
Desert Song   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
The Centipede   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Chameleon   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Some Like It Hot   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
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Featured Route For The Sentinel - West Face
Crux of Illusion Dweller

Illusion Dweller 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Sentinel - West Face
Located on the far right side of the west face of The Sentinel is this classic right-slanting crack (it's about 50' right from the base of Desert Song which starts behind some yuccas). Climb the obvious right-slanting crack using jams and lieback moves (it's often easier to keep one foot on the face for balance) until encountering a roof high on the route. A good rest is found here, so plug in some gear and pull the roof (crux) before topping out onto a nice ledge with a bolted a...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Illusion Dweller
Illusion Dweller
Bobby P. moving through the sustained crux section...
Bobby P. moving through the sustained crux section...
Me in '83.  Dig the socks.
Me in '83. Dig the socks.
The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
The Sentinel-West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Will near the top of the chimney portion
Will near the top of the chimney portion

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