Miguel Carmona and I enjoyed the quiet of Stirrup Tank in 1988. We had the place to ourselves and it allowed us to explore and climb some of the many formations there. Our first ascents included "Cat Paws" 5.10C, the great, steep and hard to find "Wild Dream" 5.10D and the incredible "Brothers in Arms" (later renamed Millenium Falcon), 5.11A. On our next trip there, we put up the only multiple star climb at Stirrup Tank,"The Edge", 5.10C, also "Blue Moon" 5.10A, a nice face climb of "Cows in the Shade" 5.9, Three Convergence Cracks, Left-5.9, Center-5.8 and Right-5.10 and also the most difficult route Miguel and I ever did anywhere, the 5.11D or 12A "Hold tight til footing's right". We also did the FA of Crackup 5.7 and with Dave Stewart we did the now well known route, "The Canalizo", 5.10C. Some of our best times were spent there and I would agree with Dow, Stirrup is still a nice and quiet, out of the way place to spend a day or two while in J Tree.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe