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Trench Connection 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Ed Hunsaker, Troy Mayr, Posey, Duque & Amy Sharpless, 4/88
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Submitted By: Donno on Apr 1, 2003

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Super fun route.

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Description 

This is the unusual looking crack on the left end of the north face. It's a good beginner lead, as there are lots of ledges to stand on & place pro. Vogel's '92 guide has it at 5.6, but it's a bit easier.Walk off the top to the west.

Protection 

1-3"


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Gene topping out on Trench Connection.
Gene topping out on Trench Connection.
Trench Connection, The Crow's Nest, Towers of Uncertainty, Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree National Park
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Trench Connection - super fun route.
Trench Connection - super fun route.

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By Brian Hench
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Apr 20, 2008
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

I concur that this is an excellent beginner lead. I'd say it is even easier than 5.5. I'd give it a 5.4. No jamming is required. There are large jugs all the way up.
By JSH
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Nov 22, 2010

This route is just fantastic - easily one of the best at its grade, whatever that may be, in the park. It's almost like a super-easy version of Pope's Crack. It's an attractive line, many different ways to climb it, fairly continuous climbing, sew-up gear .... what a great route!

We 'found' it as a no-star, may-as-well-take-a-look route from the '92 Vogel guide, and it's totally brought back my appetite for seeking out hidden gems.