Slideshow (108 photos)

Joshua Tree (map)

Web site for climbing at Joshua Tree


Unknown: Allen begins a lead


John organizes the rack on an early visit to Joshua Tree

Flowering joshua tree (Copyright © Lucie Wellner)

  Bighorn Mating Grotto

Dangling Woo Li Master: Steep ground in the Bighorn Mating Grotto


Taped up hands after a day of climbing in the Bighorn Mating Grotto; notice the Disney band-aid on the middle finger

  Chimney Rock

Pinched Rib: Steck's favorite route


Kimbrough in the early morning

  Disneyland Dome

Enchanted Stairway: High on the runout plates of Disneyland Dome


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Lori approaches the first belay; the ledge is actually a dike that, if continued, turns into Mental Bankruptcy

  Echo Cove

Hang Ten: Phil places gear at the intimidating roof near the start of the climb


Hang Ten: Clipping the gear at the roof; hard to believe it's only 5.8


Eileen Dover: This interesting route starts with a hard boulder problem, then traverses just left 5 bolts about 10' above the ground, then finishing straight up to some chains


Eileen Dover: A little further along in the traverse; lots for the hands, but little for the feet


Effigy Too: The opening, unprotected moves of Effigy Too


Effigy Too: Effigy Too is a nice route for sunny days as it's in the shade. The huge boulder high and left is the EBGBs boulder.


Effigy Too: The climbing eases near the top of the route

  Echo Cove Rocks

Sitting Here in Limbo: Eric belaying at the top, construction in the background

  Freeway Wall

Lucie, Allen, and Joe (and his dog)

  Hall of Horrors

Casual: John leads yet another bolt-protected face climb


Diamond Dogs: Strenuous underclings are required right off the ground on a fragile flake


Pullups To Pasadena: Unprotected knob climbing at the start of yet another Swain route


Todd demonstrates a pretty lizard


Garden Angel: Andrew watches the action on Garden Angel


Garden Angel: Weird layback moves up the arete of Garden Angel

Garden Angel: Weird layback moves up the arete of Garden Angel


Lazy Day: Matt makes the opening moves on Lazy Day

  Headstone Rock

Cryptic: Allen leading Cryptic

Cryptic: Allen leading Cryptic


Cryptic: Allen leading Cryptic


Southwest Corner: Yvon at the opening moves on the Headstone


Southwest Corner: Yvon high up on the Southwest Corner


Practice Crack #1: John leads a too-short crack on the backside of the Headstone


Lori and Jim pose on top of the Headstone


Southwest Corner: Working through the crux of the Southwest Corner, a spectacular easy route on the Headstone

  Hemmingway Buttress

Painting of the "snail"

  Hemmingway Buttress, East Face

Poodles are People Too: Joe following the first pitch of Poodles


Head Over Heels: Tall people can simply reach left and bypass any difficulty; not sure what short people do

  Hidden Tower

Wild Wind: Yvon nearing the top of Hidden Tower

  Lenticular Dome

Dazed and Confused: Thin face moves characterize climbing on this route


Dazed and Confused: Runout climbing in a sea of granite

  Lost Horse Wall

Bird on a Wire: Lori reaches the top after a long, rope-stretching 2nd pitch

  Manure Pile

Lori and Jim pose on top of the Manure Pile at dusk

  Mel's Kitchen

Left Mel Crack: Allen at the crux of Left Mel Crack


Checking out the pencil cactus


Left Mel Crack: Climbing the height-related crux of the Left Mel Crack

  Pea Brain

Joan Jetson: At the second bolt, high on the Pea Brain

  Peyote Cracks

Allen laces up for the Peyote cracks

  Quail Springs

Having lunch near Hound Rock

  Real Hidden Valley

Coyote near the road; if you look carefully, you can see a second coyote in the background


Illusion Dweller: Pulling the final difficulties on Illusion Dweller


Clean and Jerk: Long reaches on overhanging rock constitute the crux of Clean and Jerk


Clean and Jerk: One of the best hand/fist cracks in the park


Ball Bearing: John belays a climber on Ball Bearing


Beverly describes her experience on Illusion Dweller to the others

  Rusty Wall

O'Kelley's Crack: Opening moves -- despite the rating of 5.10c, the initial moves are 5.11a

  Ryan Campground

Simon, waiting for his morning coffee

The gang, gathered in Joshua Tree


The whole gang


Hanging out at Ryan Campground


Joshua Tree in the early morning light


Hanging out at the campfire in Ryan


Lucie avoids the wind by sitting in a rock alcove


Lucie on her way to painting at the end of the day


Joshua Tree near Ryan Campground


Allen gets organized around camp


Late afternoon relaxation at camp


Deep contemplation


Beverly warms around her morning coffee


Breakfast at the Jones'


Breakfast at Ryan


Maguy enjoys her morning coffee

John enjoying the conviviality at camp


Illusion Dweller: Low on the all time perfect crack


Illusion Dweller: Lost in a sea of rock

  Sheep Pass

Walk on the Wild Side: Eric and Lucie lounging at the belay at sunset


Junk Food: The route Junk Food traverses the Junk Clump formation on a quartz dike; it begins with two bolts, then crosses three other routes

  Shorter Wall

Born in a Barn: A route on the Shorter Wall, the right-hand side of the Rock Garden Valley

  South Astro Dome, Northeast Face

Solid Gold: Martin shredding his fingers on Solid Gold


Solid Gold: Following up the sharp edges of Solid Gold; this climb is quite the finger shredder


Solid Gold: Simon leading the lower section of Solid Gold

  Split Rocks

Rubicon: Jim and Allen on Rubicon

  Sports Challenge Rock - West Face

Beverly racks up for Sphincter Quits


Sphincter Quits: Beverly sews up the lower crack, then moves up to the rest alcove

  Surprise Rock - West Face

Trembling Toes: Beverly moves up to the first bolt

  The Flying Fortress

No Self Confidence: The crux is the section just before the roof on the left where the crack is tight hands


No Self Confidence: Steep, sustained crack climbing in the midsection of the route


No Self Confidence: Feeling pumped, this is the last rest before running it out to the top

  The Manure Pile

Allen Steck Memorial Route: At dusk on the Memorial Route

  The Old Woman

Double Cross: Following the all-time classic hand crack


Orphan: Leading the initial stemming corner of Orphan; if you can stomach the off-width at the top, this is an excellent climb

  The Red Obelisk

Boogers On A Lampshade: Tad climbing the "burnt penis"


Boogers On A Lampshade: Tad climbing the "burnt penis"


Boogers on a Lampshade: Making the crux moves on Boogers; the high bolt protects this section

Boogers on a Lampshade: After the crux; the next piece is the tied off chicken head visible just above

  Wonderland of Rocks

Pretty rocks


Tad and Chris in the Wonderland with the Astro Domes in the background


Chris near Disneyland Dome in the Wonderland


Cool rocks in the Wonderland


Lunch break on the ledge system in front of the Astro Domes


Lucie walking through the Wonderland


Drop Zone: In the midst of the crux at Sheepbugger's Wall; the difficulty here is that the protection is at your feet while making the crux .11 moves…below that is a ledge!


Allen resting in the Wonderland


Figures on a Landscape: About to make the crux moves on the first pitch

Figures on a Landscape: John traverses across to the first belay


Pack adjustments on the way into the Wonderland


Lori hiking around the Wonderland


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: Joe gears up for "Mr Toad's"

Solid Gold: Tom sends Solid Gold