Our very first climbing trip to Joshua Tree National Monument at the time and we pulled in at the crack of dawn right at Intersection Rock and piled out of the van. Making coffee and smoking ciggys as some blond haired guy walks right up to the rock we were having breakfast on and starts meticulously putting on his climbing shoes leaving his adidos sneakers with us. He starts going right up a crack just by us and we all stare in silence. As he gets higher and higher I tell my buddy it might be a good idea to go and get the first aid kit in case this guy decks. But he was so smooth!! Making it look like a casual outing. Later as he came back for his shoes we were all kinda dumbfounded and pretty much speechless. I managed to tell him that he was looking pretty good up there and he just looked at us as we all backed off and said 'That was nothing'
Tamara has found the often referenced, but until now unseen, 1956 Robbins guide to Joshua Tree. Just after a short examination, the very early history of several climbs in the Hidden Valley CG and Turtle Rock Area have come to light.