Queen Mountain; mega-awesome or overhype

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Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 22, 2013 - 01:56am PT
What do you think....I've probably done maybe 60 routes up on Queen Mountain;...far from an expert on the area, but I'm familiar with the climbing there;...Tucker has spent probably 100 days climbing on Queen Mountain.....is it the the cat's meow or just another cool place that gets somehow overhyped....I'd be interested on your take...We went up there last week;..had a blast.....









more pics;

http://www.joshuatreeclimb.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1363932545
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Mar 22, 2013 - 02:07am PT
Looks good to me :-)

Curt
romand

climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 02:12am PT
Mega-awesome!

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Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 02:15am PT
Wow;....very cool pics;......Is Queen Mountain more awesome than the Wonderland of Rocks.....

romand

climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 02:25am PT
Perhaps, but maybe it's just because it's more work to get out there!
(in general)
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 02:27am PT


Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 02:32am PT
Todd Gordon

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Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 02:33am PT


Moquah

Trad climber
Carson City Nevada
Mar 22, 2013 - 10:55am PT
I've climbed there a bunch and have done first ascents up there as well. I love it. Very rare to run into anyone else in that neighborhood and a good place to see bighorns, and other cool wildlife. If you like quiet and solitude and climbing off the grid you'll love it. Only problem is hauling in the beer.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:03am PT
For a second i thought you were talking about Queen Creek, my least favorite area on the planet. Went to Queen Mt. with Tom Hargis about 20 years ago and remember that it was good but can't recall specific routes.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:04am PT
I was there once and didn't see anyone else. I got lost.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Queen Mountain has some really stellar climbs, with Walt's "White Rain" being one of the best.
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Santa Rosa & Bishop, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:19am PT
I like it. The hike is not all that bad depending on the temp. The bouldering is excellent and so is the rope climbing.
ruppell

climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:50am PT
For J-Tree it's pretty good climbing. You just have to remember that J-Tree it self is way over-hyped. The scene is the reason I love it down there not the climbing. 6000 plus routes and only a small percentage are true classics.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
All these years and I was laboring under the misconception you had to be a
Queen to climb there?
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Lookin' good!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
The rock up there tends to be much better than most areas in JT. The bouldering is slightly overhyped, kinda like the BHMGrotto is for routes(basically take one star off everything) although still the best bouldering area in the Monument).

People are lazy, mostly. And the place is pretty spread out. I've rarely seen people at any of the crags more than 10min walk off the road.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
It's a nice area for sure, but perhaps a tad overhyped. I personally prefer climbing out in the Wonderland, but am happy to huff it out there when the opportunity presents itself.
mhay

climber
Reno, NV
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
Smaller grained rock on Queen Mtn, definitely less grainy than the Wonderland. I'd say they're similar for quality of scenery.
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