Six 5.6s: A Joshua Tree Checklist

There you are, flipping through your new guidebook, and you come across a few tick-lists. The word “Moderate” is scrawled across the top, but the routes listed below are in the 5.11 and 5.12 range. Right. The “Mild” list starts in the 5.7s, but ends in 5.10c.  Your heart begins to sink…

The best thing about rock climbing is that it is never about the numbers. Alex Lowe said it best: “The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!” So forget about who calls what moderate or mild. Heck, some of your favorite routes can be ones you took your kids up or did on your birthday!

So next time you are in Joshua Tree National Park, try these FUN six 5.6s:

Bonus route! The 5.6 that everyone should climb: “South West Corner” on Headstone in Ryan Campground. (Jacob Colella and Kiri Palmer on “South West Corner.” Photo by Catherine Brandt.)




One response to “Six 5.6s: A Joshua Tree Checklist

  1. “The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree” really DOES list 60 true “moderate” climbs from 5.5 to 5.9. That’s ’cause we can’t climb any harder than that, and know there are plenty of other “average” climbers like us.

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