Little Hunk (a take on Big Hunk, the candy bar) is a significant granite feature located between Echo Rock and Bighorn Pass
in Joshua Tree National Park. They call this section the "Candy Bar" and thus most features in this area are named after well known and sometimes obscure candy bars. Due to Little Hunk's size, it is broken down in Miramontes’ guide book into several sections. The southeast corner offers several unique and large (but low to the ground) roof climbs put up by Tony Yaniro in the 70’s: Monkey Business (5.8) and Roofing Company (5.10a).
It also offers a spectacular 5.7 traverse
that takes off west from the Roofing Company: Right Between the Eyes
. Both roof cracks are wide.
Monkey Business, 5.8
Obviously Monkey Business (5.8) is less wide than the Roofing Company (5.10a). Monkey Business starts out requiring a few hanging fist jams but mellows out quickly.
Another route that gets a star in Miramontes’ book is the Maw (5.10a), but I found this line to be one of the worst in all of Jtree. It was put up in 2003 and is basically just a bunch of bolted short faces running alongside a beautiful arête
. From below it sucks you into thinking you are going to climb on the arête itself, but you don’t. Instead you are stuck worried about ankle busting falls at approximately three poorly placed bolts on short faces to the left of the arête.
Park at the paved parking area at the Echo Rock trail head. Head north on a well marked trail circumventing Pope’s Crack to the right. Eff Eight is on a singular mound of granite straight north. Circumvent it to the right and aim for a feature known as the “Chair”
on Little Hunk. You sort of go through a small slick rock pass. The two roof climbs are quite easy to identify (photo).
Routes Listed Left to Right as you Face the SE Wall of Little Hunk
Right Between the Eyes- 5.7/*
Roofing Company- 5.10a/*
Monkey Business- 5.8/*Decent, but very short route. A roof problem with a C4 #3 crux. My fists barely held as I worked along the roof out the corner. The crux is just for a meter or two of the roof, then it becomes much firmer fists/hands. The pull out is easy. When I set up top rope for the folks I was with, it is a bit harsh on the rope.
Wage and Price Ceiling- 5.10d/
The Maw- 5.10a/*Horrible route. Thought it might follow the arête. Guide book claims gear, but I just soloed up the start, the only place for gear. From there, just bolts protecting short face moves, which added up to about three potential ankle busters. Worst route I have been on at Jtree to date.
The Paw- 5.10d/*
External LinksJoshua Tree National Park Including Map.