What is the summit like at Joshua Tree?
If you climbed a bolted route, and expect a fat two bolt anchor with chains, you are in for a surprise.
If you expected an obvious walk-off, surprise again.
Blue blue skies.
Red and bloody fingertips.
New ropes showing significant wear and fraying.
Cracks that eat your gear and fingers.
Friction climbing that is unbelievable.
Pungent tangy smells of sage and creosote.
Belaying from the car bumper.
Hour long hikes to some climb, with only you and your climbing friends, lost in the Wonderland of Rocks.
My top ten favorite climbs at Joshua Tree:
10. Double Cross.
9. Sticher Quits (Black Dike).
8. Sail Away.
7. Mental Physics.
6. Lightning Crack.
5. Sitting here in Limbo.
3. Walk on the Wild Side.
2. Bird of Fire.
1. Loose Lady.