This past winter was no exception. I had a wonderful trip, with many days of sunshine, minimal snow (though some cold temperatures!) and I managed to focus on climbing and tick off a bunch of my projects.
Joshua Tree is notoriously sandbagged, and if I rate my climbing ability by grade in the park, I would probably throw in the towel and pick a different activity. Scary slabs, unusual cracks, runouts and stemming boulder problems are just a few things the landscape offers. I had a great climbing partner, my friend Thibault from France, who offered support, a belay, and climbed some harder routes for me to follow. Without him I am not sure I would have had the confidence to try the problems I succeeded on!
I climbed 5.10b Illusion Dweller, an incredible diagonal crack that thins and flares and had sustained movements throughout. The top has a pumpy move over a small roof to finish, and it turned out to be much easier than I expected but I was told it was reachy and therefore psyched myself out a bit. Nevertheless, I onsighted.
A fun, short problem was the hobbit roof, a 5.10d thats trickiest moves are on the face. This route could almost be a highball boulder problem for how short it is. Delicate face climbing up thin flakes leads to an overhanging hand crack, that feel so good to jam in. Bomber! Sent!