Indian Cove, Joshua Tree

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Karen and her friend John have joined us at Indian Cove group site #9. We don’t know what the crowds will be like, so we just head to see what climbs are available. To my surprise Driving Limitations, 5.8 **, is free on the Billboard Buttress. This has one set of pretty hard slab moves past the first bolt, but these can be avoided on the right. Above that it’s just fun face climbing. Then we move left to the Reverend, 5.8 **, which I lead on gear John leaves. This is one of those awkward leaning JTree cracks, but it has some quality jamming. Ann and I follow John on We Dive at Dawn, 5.8 **, which starts with a really good lieback sequence. To finish the day we move on to the Feudal Wall, where I put John on Pet or Meat, 5.10d ***. He does it with one fall, and I follow with a couple at the crux, climbing it pretty much the same way I did my last time on lead. By this time we’re losing sun and it’s getting cold, so we head back to camp.

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