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Author Topic: Joshua Tree in Late March  (Read 130 times)

DLottmann

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Joshua Tree in Late March
« on: April 06, 2005, 03:48:08 PM »

Myself, girlfriend, and two friends of mine just got back from JTree last week.  It was my 1st time out there and I was very impressed.  We spent 8 days camping at Hidden Valley Campground and ticking off as many routes as we could from "The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree- 60 Favorite Climbs From 5.5-5.9".  It's a great book for those who haven't been out there yet as the amount of climbing is overwhelming.  One guidebook has over 5000 routes, and finding the quality ones can be challenging.  It was very crowded at the campgrounds, probably due to Spring Break, but we managed to snag a site at HVG the 2nd day.  Despite the campgrounds being full I was suprised to not have to wait in line to do any of the classic moderates.  The ratings felt a little on the stiff side, but that could be from my arms missing their ice tools  ;D.  All the climbs we did were great, but the three that stood out most were Overhanging Bypass, White Lightning, and Mental Physics.  All three were great 5.7's.  A bit of advice for 1st timers, plan your trips to town so as to minimize leaving the park.  It was much nicer sitting around the fire with enough water and food for a few days than going to town every other day.  I think I'll head back next year, this time for 14 days, and probably the 1st couple weeks in April instead...
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