|Upper Walt's Rocks
Bobby P. copping a lieback on the Mojave Queen cra...
This is a cliff stacked with quality lines that more than make up for the somewhat lengthy (especially by Josh standards) approach. The rock is typically of exceptional quality with dark patina throughout and the cracks are often parallel, deep and smooth - none of that light-colored grain so common in the rest of the Park!
Numerous multi-star crack and face routes exisit up to 150 feet in length although most are around 100 feet or so. The only catch is the majority of the best routes are 5.11a and harder, although exceptions do exist.
Some of the best here include At Your Pleasure (5.8), Escape to Queen Mountain (5.10a), White Rain (5.11a), Mojave Queen (5.11a), Crack Queen (5.11a), Upper Mojave (5.11a) and Drag Queen (5.11c R).
Routes listed from left to right:
Route Beer (5.11a)
Get with the Plan (5.10b)
Hellish Planet (5.10d)
At Your Pleasure (5.8)
Where Were You? (5.10a)
Upper Mojave (5.11a)
Mojave Queen (5.11a)
White Rain (5.11a)
Just right of a small break in the cliffline are
Drag Queen (5.11c R)
No Metal Wasted (5.9+ R)
Crack Queen (5.11a)
And about 200' right of White Rain is
Escape to Queen Mountain (5.10a)
See the Walt's Rock page for detailed approach information.
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White Rain is a fantastic mixed pro climb; one of the few to get 5 stars in Randy's guide book. The route begins on a large boulder uphill from Mojave Queen (5.11a). It is prudent to stick clip the first bolt before stepping onto the steep face. Sustained face climbing past six bolts on fine patina brings the climber to cruxy moves that gain the short finger/hand crack. A few challenging moves in the crack lead to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Left side of Upper Walt's Rocks. White Rain goes ...
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Upper Walt's Rocks.
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|Comments on Upper Walt's Rocks
|By Brian Prince|
From: morro bay, ca
Mar 25, 2013
Descent beta : A lot of options under the various routes have been mentioned for rapping off the top. With one 60m it's pretty easy to rap "where were you" from the very top. This bolted anchor is easily spotted to climber's left of a small break to the left of mojave queen and upper mojave. After "where were you" you'll be on the halfway ledge and one more rap (1995 budget closure I think) will take you to the ground.
This is really the simple and obvious thing to do. There is no need for two ropes, swinging uphill with a 70, or any sort of improbable walk off. This has probably been said already but here it is again.