Worthy of the two star recommendation. The crux is right after the first bolt with a cat claw type tree waiting for your skin if you fail. A thoughtful climb the whole way through three bolts on micro edges and slab to an easy, for the grade, flake that can be protected if you want otherwise it is run out on easier ground to the shared fixed rap. Starts at a small under cling flake over a tree and brush and runs up the left side of the same feature that has Heart and Sole on its right side. You can take a medium piece for near the top, but if you climb at this grade, you prob don't care.
The crux is stout for the grade if pulling over the first bolt. However you can traverse left after the first clip and find slab moves at the grade, but I don’t think that was the route developer’s intent. Either way, this entire pitch through four bolts located on the face that harbors Heart and Sole on the right and Quick Draw McGraw on the left, is sustained at the grade. I have done many Jtree 5.10c’s that were easier. Sport climb through 4 clips to a shared fixed rappel.
a fun slab climb that's worth hitting if your around.
This route seems a bit hyped to me. Gets three stars in the new guide book, can't say I see that myself. Just a slab route. More than 100'. Tried to set up top rope for my 2nd and a 60m was a bit short. Not hard to fix though if you are competent. Warm and sunny pitch after mid morning. Between Touch n Go and Popes Crack, has that going for it. With Joe K
Followed Justing on Double Dip, my first Joshua Tree lead back in Nov. 2006. Then led Stichter Quits (aka Black Tide) with several falls after first bolt. Clear autumn day.
Started off with PALM-U-GRANITE 5.7 on the left side of Echo Cove then R.A.F. 5.9 a little over. Sun felt great on a January day!