Trip Report
Saline Valley, The Saline Wall
Monday April 27, 2015 10:33pm
Typing from my iPhone so I'll be brief. Spent last week out in the South Pass area of the Saline at an area we have been calling The Saline Wall. The Saline Wall is approximately 350'-400' tall and 1/4 mile wide with routes ranging from thin finger to monster off widths and everything in between. The hike to the base is about 1.5 miles down a dry wash with about 200 yards of route finding through grapevines just before arriving at the wall. The grapevine maze is a little easier to negotiate after we did a bit a trail maintenance. There is much left to do there and can't wait for next winter to roll around bringing cooler climbing temps.
We did find what looked like an old rap route down one of the faces sporting old
SMC hangers and button head bolts but other than that no other signs of use.
This area is off the beaten path and probably won't see tons of traffic but if you are in the area or heading to the Saline Valley Hot Springs it is well worth spending a day or two exploring.
Pitch 2 of the classic 3 pitch 5.10a Machete.  <br/>
Pitch 2 of the classic 3 pitch 5.10a Machete.

Credit: Batrock
Follows the corner for 3 pitches.
Follows the corner for 3 pitches.
Credit: Batrock
Splitter corner crack awaiting a first ascent.
Splitter corner crack awaiting a first ascent.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Another clean corner awaiting an ascent.
Another clean corner awaiting an ascent.
Credit: Batrock
Machete 5.10a takes the prominent crack system for 2 pitches and a fac...
Machete 5.10a takes the prominent crack system for 2 pitches and a face pitch for the final 3rd pitch.
Credit: Batrock
Hot springs await after a hard day climbing.
Hot springs await after a hard day climbing.
Credit: Batrock

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Batrock
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Batrock is a trad climber from Burbank and knows all the rad climbing in the greater Burbank area.

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Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
  Apr 27, 2015 - 10:37pm PT
Nice report. Sure miss those desert hot springs.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  Apr 27, 2015 - 10:38pm PT
That is some beautiful rock you have there..
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Apr 27, 2015 - 10:58pm PT
Looks like my kinda' place, thank you for the info! Those unclimbed corners look really fun too!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Apr 27, 2015 - 11:14pm PT
NICE!!!!!
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Apr 28, 2015 - 05:10am PT
Could you email me some beta, please?

DMT
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
  Apr 28, 2015 - 06:19am PT
Beautiful, bat!
Jones in LA

Mountain climber
Tarzana, California
  Apr 28, 2015 - 06:23am PT
Looks way cool. Thanks for sharing the adventure!

Rich Jones
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
  Apr 28, 2015 - 08:35am PT
excellent!!

been Jonesing for a trip to Saline Valley and beyond forever...
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
  Apr 28, 2015 - 10:01am PT
Cool

That clean corner looks great, along with the other photos
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Apr 28, 2015 - 10:20am PT
Nice...
W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  Apr 28, 2015 - 10:22am PT
Super neat stuff off the beaten path! Yay-yuh!
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Apr 28, 2015 - 11:00am PT
That rock looks pretty clean! Nice stuff.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 11:03am PT
Here is a snapshot of a bit of the flora spotted this time of year out there.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
First pitch of Lyons And Tigers
First pitch of Lyons And Tigers
Credit: Batrock
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Apr 28, 2015 - 11:09am PT
Neat-looking routes in an adventurous area. You got my interest!

Thanks for the excellent TR and photos.

John
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 12:27pm PT
The view from the top.
Sorting gear on top.
Sorting gear on top.
Credit: Batrock
The view of the approach, looking down canyon from near camp. The wall is out of site around the bend on the left.
Credit: Batrock
Camp
Credit: Batrock
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Apr 28, 2015 - 01:41pm PT
Nice!

In this context when you say "old rap route" do you mean anchors for rappelling type of thing or a route that was obviously done top down?
atchafalaya

Boulder climber
  Apr 28, 2015 - 02:13pm PT
Thanks for all the great reports batrock! Loved this report and the photos.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 02:23pm PT
Munge,
It looked like a rap route as they did not seem to link any obvious cracks or routes of ascent. No bolts between the supposed rap stations.
Yafer

Trad climber
Chatsworth, California
  Apr 28, 2015 - 04:07pm PT
Nice! I would love to get a FA there!
Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
  Apr 28, 2015 - 04:24pm PT
The rock looks sooooo gooooood . . .
C4/1971

Trad climber
Depends on the day...
  Apr 28, 2015 - 04:44pm PT
How was the road? I drove Saline Valley last year from North to South and they were grading the road!!!!

Absolutely the best I have seen it in forty years....
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 04:51pm PT
C4,
The road is in good shape all the way through the valley, we drove in the south and out the north. Just the usual washboard in places but better than it's been in years.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Apr 28, 2015 - 05:45pm PT
Great score Batrock! That splitter looks fantastic!
Best-lars
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Apr 28, 2015 - 06:39pm PT
That looks like a great find. I'll have to meet you out there one of these years.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 06:52pm PT
Tom,
Lets meet out there next fall or winter when the temps get cool. Lots more to do and explore.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
  Apr 28, 2015 - 07:04pm PT
I'll see what I can do. I have three kids now.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 08:58pm PT
Bring the kids Tom, I'll bring mine :)
Credit: Batrock
Super fun 2nd pitch splitter
Super fun 2nd pitch splitter
Credit: Batrock
Looking down from halfway up pitch 3 on Lyons and Tigers and Moes.
Looking down from halfway up pitch 3 on Lyons and Tigers and Moes.
Credit: Batrock
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Apr 28, 2015 - 09:20pm PT
That looks really good!

Where is it from the hot springs?
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 28, 2015 - 09:24pm PT
Dee,
It's right at the bottom of the South Pass about 5 miles before the Lippencott Rd. turn off.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
  Apr 28, 2015 - 10:15pm PT
Looks really good! So the road is in good shape, eh?

Can you draw up a map of the place, and post it please? You never know - we might have a bit of time after our wall next month.....
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 29, 2015 - 06:33am PT
I'll post a map in a bit. I'm not worried about this place ever becoming crowded or over developed, you really have to want it to climb here. It's 40 minutes out of Olancha and then an hour drive on a rough dirt road and another hour hike in, not exactly a roadside crag but the isolation you get because of the work it takes to get there is worth it.

I just pulled in to work here at the fire station and I'll work on posting directions after I get my morning coffee.
MisterE

Gym climber
Small Town with a Big Back Yard
  Apr 29, 2015 - 06:43am PT
Hey, Kevin - looks great!

Let Skip and I know next time you are going out there - be great to see you again and explore some stuff off the beaten path.

Never been to Saline Valley, be nice to go there with someone who knows the area.

Erik
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
  Apr 29, 2015 - 10:28am PT
Yea, please post a bit more beta. So access to camping area does not require 4X4? I've only been in the Saline once when we stormed the east wall of the Inyo's--epic hike! Camped out on a ridge like it was the side of Everest or something--sans fixed ropes, 02 bottles, and frozen bodies. I definitely want to check out this area. My wife and I are East Side nut jobs, for sure.

BAd
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
  Apr 29, 2015 - 10:37am PT
I could easily see the hot springs from the summit of Dry Mtn, about a month ago. Looking down into Saline Valley and the Saline Range, and over at Waucoba and over there at the Nelsons, and up north toward White Mtn Pk and over there at the Sierra Crest....

Man, I can't wait to go back!

Now I need new windmills to tilt in Death Valley. I'd love to joust your cool crag.

DMT
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 29, 2015 - 03:38pm PT
This is the best I could do at the moment but for those who know the Saline it will give you a good idea where it is. In the daylight you can look down the canyon and it just looks like there should be something there around the bend. Google Earth shows the wall pretty well also.
Credit: Batrock
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
  Apr 29, 2015 - 05:58pm PT
Thanks Batrock. I know exactly where you mean. I'm sure you've looked up above, before Hunter Mountain turnoff, in the canyon behind the cattle pens. lars
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Apr 29, 2015 - 06:14pm PT
Yes thanks Batrock. I've been in that area a few times and couldn't remember seeing it, makes sense if it's hidden slightly.
SweetWilliam

Boulder climber
  Apr 29, 2015 - 10:34pm PT
how come u didnt climb them sick corners? thats the best lookin thing u should get on that good stuff dude waiting for a first where is it? Ill go if they let me borrow the car.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 30, 2015 - 12:00am PT
The dark brown corner pictured with my partner Curt was way too hard for these old guys. It's much steeper than it looks in the picture.
Credit: Batrock

The other corner we just never had the time. I'll be back when it cools down and climb it, I would be just as happy climbing it as a second ascent or 50th as a first. Plenty more to do out there.

Lars, I know exactly where you are talking about but have not hiked back there yet. You get teaser views of something back there as you drive in. I'll have to check it out.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 30, 2015 - 09:48am PT
This is the one that I really wanted but after looking at it we decided we just were not up for the work involved. If it ever goes I think it will be amazing but it will require lots of cleaning. Most of the open faces here have sections of vey thin and very large loose flakes that once removed is very solid rock. Sections of dark brown or really any patina is bomber and really fun climbing. This section of the wall will be a full 2 pitches when it goes.
Credit: Batrock
There is a flake system that goes from bottom right and end up at the top left that may hold the key for an amazing two pitch route.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 30, 2015 - 04:33pm PT
The icing on the cake. Nothing better than a long soak after a day of climbing. The springs are not exactly close, about 1.5 hours if you take your time and about 1 hour if you air down and haul.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
You can even introduce yourself to Pass The Piton Petes friend.
You can even introduce yourself to Pass The Piton Petes friend.
Credit: Batrock
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  May 1, 2015 - 07:04am PT
Looking forward to this crag.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  May 2, 2015 - 05:56pm PT

Man I'm so grateful to the posters and Supertopo for TRs like this. Good climbing photos! Cracks! Scenery and a donkey! I never take enough photos of people, but you got those in, too.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  May 2, 2015 - 04:25pm PT
Chris,
We really need to plan a trip out there when the weather cools next Fall. You would really enjoy it.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 11, 2015 - 02:27pm PT
The Saline season is nearing. I went through the valley last week on my way home from Yosemite. The North Pass is pretty rough after recent storms and has many wash outs, drive slow. The South Pass is in good shape with only a few small wash outs.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
MisterE

Gym climber
Small Town with a Big Back Yard
  Oct 11, 2015 - 02:39pm PT
Let us know when you are going back, KM!
thebravecowboy

climber
The Good Places
  Oct 11, 2015 - 02:52pm PT
Thanks for sharing. This looks like the sh!t.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 11, 2015 - 03:07pm PT
You got it E
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
  Oct 12, 2015 - 07:38am PT
What towns are closest to Saline valley?
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
  Oct 12, 2015 - 08:45am PT
Love this report! Had my family out at Saline Valley last spring in an intense wind storm. Folks at the tubs were a sight for the young ones...
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Oct 12, 2015 - 09:22am PT
always cool seeing your desert trips! That hot spring location needs to be visited.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 12, 2015 - 11:12am PT
AP, no big towns near by. Olancha and Big Pine are the closest. Pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
  Oct 12, 2015 - 12:04pm PT
Soon Mo!! Soon..
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
  Oct 12, 2015 - 01:12pm PT
Headed out that way next week. Glad to hear South Pass is good. Lot of the roads took a beating from the rain last week.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 12, 2015 - 01:18pm PT
F10,
The bat rock road really took a beating and there was lots of damage around the springs, erosion through campsites and such. I spent about an hour or more clearing boulders from the road on the way out and it's in pretty good shape now. The springs themselves at least the upper ones are in good shape.
MisterE

Gym climber
Small Town with a Big Back Yard
  Oct 12, 2015 - 03:34pm PT
So the 168 way is bad, and I should drive down to Olancha and over to check it out?

Thanks for doing the hardscaping work!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 12, 2015 - 03:43pm PT
If going to the wall then the Olancha way is the way to go for sure. The road to the campsite for climbing is in great shape and should be no issue with a medium clearance vehicle. A word to the wise for anyone heading out there, carry a full size spare, tire plugs and a few cans of fix-a-flat.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
  Oct 17, 2015 - 11:46am PT
I put this thread in SuperTopo Climbing News here: >> http://goo.gl/P0Vmxw
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
  Oct 17, 2015 - 04:37pm PT
Cool! Charge the batteries and let the grid bolting begin!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 17, 2015 - 05:27pm PT
The rough drive in and the miserable approuch will beep it from ever becoming popular or grid bolted. Besides its a better crack climbing area.
overwatch

climber
Arizona
  Oct 23, 2015 - 07:52am PT
Looks quality, anticipating more reports. Thanks
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  Oct 23, 2015 - 08:44am PT
Looking forward to getting my truck into some rough country.
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Oct 23, 2015 - 03:48pm PT
Do you think a medium length Sprinter could make it? Good clearance but long wheelbase.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 23, 2015 - 09:52pm PT
Dee ee,

Should be no problem getting to the campsite, the South Pass was in pretty good shape but recent storms may have made it a little rougher.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
  Oct 25, 2015 - 08:15am PT
Is that anywhere near a decent landing area for a Cessna 185?
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
  Oct 25, 2015 - 09:33pm PT
County had a skip loader doing road work on South Pass Thursday
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Oct 25, 2015 - 11:42am PT
Jody,

There is a runway at the hot springs that folks fly into all the time, you just need to find a ride to the climbing wall.
ChossBucket

climber
Santa Clarita
  Nov 15, 2015 - 04:57pm PT
This place was amazing. Lots and lots of potential here. My friend and I got a chance to do Lyons, And Tigers, And Moes, Oh My, great route! Had no idea pitch three was offwidth lol, but the last section was fantastic. We took the left slab exit, is that the original line? Or is the overhung crack to the right the exit? The rock was bullet, the environment was stellar, the road to the campground was not that bad from the southern pass, we got a little 3dr hyundai hatchback out there, with very little issue. Hike to the wall with a lot of gear is long, but mostly flat along the wash. Will definitely be making more trips here to do some adventure climbing at its finest!

If anyone goes out there and finds some keys, i lost house and spate car keys somewhere, shot in the dark I guess.

More pictures to come...

Campground
Campground
Credit: ChossBucket

Beginning of the hike to the crag
Beginning of the hike to the crag
Credit: ChossBucket

The walk off affords you some stellar views!  <br/>
Photo credit: Grayson ...
The walk off affords you some stellar views!
Photo credit: Grayson Kemp
Credit: ChossBucket
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Nov 15, 2015 - 08:40pm PT
Did you get any pictures of the climb?
ChossBucket

climber
Santa Clarita
  Nov 16, 2015 - 01:49am PT
Scrambling to P1 of Lyons and Tigers and Moes. <br/>
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Photo Credit: Gray...
Scrambling to P1 of Lyons and Tigers and Moes.

Photo Credit: Grayson Kemp
Credit: ChossBucket

Looking down from middle of P2 on Lyons and Tigers and Moes. <br/>
 <br/>
Phot...
Looking down from middle of P2 on Lyons and Tigers and Moes.

Photo Credit: Grayson Kemp
Credit: ChossBucket

Looking up the offwidth of P3 of Lyons and Tigers and Moes. <br/>
 <br/>
Photo...
Looking up the offwidth of P3 of Lyons and Tigers and Moes.

Photo Credit: Grayson Kemp
Credit: ChossBucket

Looking down P3 of Lyons and Tigers and Moes. <br/>
 <br/>
Photo Credit: Grays...
Looking down P3 of Lyons and Tigers and Moes.

Photo Credit: Grayson Kemp
Credit: ChossBucket

The "upper deck" <br/>
 <br/>
Photo Credit: Grayson Kemp
The "upper deck"

Photo Credit: Grayson Kemp
Credit: ChossBucket
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Nov 16, 2015 - 04:29am PT
I can't believe how clean that stuff looks!
dee ee

Mountain climber
Of THIS World (Planet Earth)
  Nov 16, 2015 - 09:06am PT
Must go!
Fish Finder

climber
  Nov 16, 2015 - 09:43am PT
for if and when you decide to go
no matter what it takes to get there and back
you will realize that you have found a special place

a desert oasis

a mirage if you will

Saline Valley
Saline Valley
Credit: Fish Finder


Edit: the same direction is a trip out to the Eureka Sand Dunes
also not to be missed on your trip to the high sierra
ChossBucket

climber
Santa Clarita
  Nov 16, 2015 - 11:29am PT
Hey nutagain, might meet up with ya'll this weekend. When we first walked up to the base of lyons, we were blown away by how smooth the rock was, some of the cleanest, undeveloped rock ive ever seen. You'll love it!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Nov 16, 2015 - 02:04pm PT
Just an FYI for future groups. You can rap from the top of Machete with a single 60m rope. It's three raps to the ground and prevents a long walk off.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Nov 24, 2015 - 07:37pm PT
Went out this weekend and climbed with Scott Keagy aka Nutagain and David Foss. Great weather and great company.
Looking down at David Foss belaying from the top of pitch one of Mache...
Looking down at David Foss belaying from the top of pitch one of Machete
Credit: Batrock
David Foss nearing the top of pitch 2 of Machete
David Foss nearing the top of pitch 2 of Machete
Credit: Batrock
Camp
Camp
Credit: Batrock
Scott Keagy on lead putting up a new route above camp.
Scott Keagy on lead putting up a new route above camp.
Credit: Batrock
The campsite is just 100 yards off the Saline Valley Rd.
The campsite is just 100 yards off the Saline Valley Rd.
Credit: Batrock
PSP also PP

Trad climber
Berkeley
  Nov 24, 2015 - 08:36pm PT
Where is the like button! Scott is that "the brim" or your own version?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Nov 24, 2015 - 08:55pm PT
Sweet,
obscure crags rule!
TFPU
Tad
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Feb 8, 2016 - 08:28pm PT
Went a few weeks ago with Erik and Skip and had a great time, just too short a trip, need to go back soon.
Photo credit goes to Skip.   Starting a 5.10 hand crack.
Photo credit goes to Skip. Starting a 5.10 hand crack.
Credit: Batrock

MrE on Destined For Obscurity 5.11
MrE on Destined For Obscurity 5.11
Credit: Batrock

Lots more to do.
Lots more to do.
Credit: Batrock





justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
  Feb 12, 2016 - 08:18am PT
Fascinating area. Thanks so much to Batrock for showing us around.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Feb 12, 2016 - 11:36am PT
Batrock (er)! And CHOSSBUCKET!!
I always post a thnx or some obscure tripe ment to compliment,
How did I miss this and it was a Roctober post too?
Man, and a fishfinder, recommend journey as well.
You sirs are a rockers of the top order,
, extraordinaires,
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Feb 15, 2016 - 03:42pm PT
Hi Paul, for the record, that was an official Da Drim a few pics back. I can quite honestly say:

"I don't hand drill from stances on lead often, but when I do I wear Da Drim."
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Feb 18, 2016 - 12:47pm PT
Digging through old photos and found the old Batrock that used to mark the turnoff to the springs. It disappeared after the National Park took over. RIP Batrock.
Credit: Batrock
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Feb 18, 2016 - 05:27pm PT
They should have left that for historic value.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Mar 20, 2016 - 09:29pm PT
Went out this weekend to meet friends at the hot springs but could not resist leaving a little early and climbing for the day on Friday. The weather is starting to heat up but daytime temps were not too bad, maybe low 80's. My friend Drew and I climbed a two pitch crack climb that we called Monkey Tranquilizers, the first pitch is a short off width that easily takes #4 and #5 BD Camelot's. It felt harder than 5.9 to me but I suck at off width. The first pitch ends on a large ledge where I installed 3/8's rap/belay anchors. The next pitch is longer and climbs a fist to thin hands crack that is again 5.9 and a lot of fun. Two 3/8's inch ring anchors were installed to facilitate rapping and belaying and to reduce unsightly slings.
Drew on the first pitch of Monkey Tranquilizer
Drew on the first pitch of Monkey Tranquilizer
Credit: Batrock
Wild flowers on the hike to the wall.
Wild flowers on the hike to the wall.
Credit: Batrock
Monkey Tranquilizer follows the shaded off width just left of center a...
Monkey Tranquilizer follows the shaded off width just left of center at the bottom of the picture and ends on the ledge with the triangular shadow. The next pitch follows the hand crack off the ledge and ends on another nice ledge. Two raps get you bac
Credit: Batrock
Looking up toward Steele Pass from the springs.
Looking up toward Steele Pass from the springs.
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock

NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Mar 21, 2016 - 05:35pm PT
Beauteous maximus! I want to do Monkey Tranquilizer next time we're out there. Do the grapevines produce any fruit you can eat? Or will that be later in the season to find out?
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Mar 21, 2016 - 06:00pm PT
Scott, you would like this route, it's right up your alley, fun OW and hand crack. It's just left of the one you top roped your kids on.
I think a little later you can eat the grapes, I've tried to eat raisins off the vine in the fall but they were too dry.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 15, 2016 - 02:09pm PT
Probably the last trip of the season as the temps are starting to really heat up. I took a friend out who is new to climbing and did Lyons and Tigers and Moes a beautiful 3 pitch crack corner system climb. Temps were not too bad due to a nice breeze and some clouds. Cant wait for next season.
Looking down canyon.
Looking down canyon.
Credit: Batrock
Cactus flowers on the approuch trail.
Cactus flowers on the approuch trail.
Credit: Batrock
Joshua Tree forest at Lee Flat on the way out of the Saline.
Joshua Tree forest at Lee Flat on the way out of the Saline.
Credit: Batrock

Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 15, 2016 - 02:22pm PT
BTW, I know at least a few people have been going out there, a few new climbs have sprouted up and last month I spotted lines fixed on what looked like a project up canyon from the main wall. Who's been going out?
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Apr 15, 2016 - 04:53pm PT
Summer trip with daytime hiding in the Inyo canyons, and full moon climbing!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Sep 27, 2016 - 03:00pm PT
Credit: Batrock
Credit: Batrock
Cooler temps and a new season of climbing are right around the corner.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Sep 27, 2016 - 03:06pm PT
Good man.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Nov 22, 2016 - 11:26am PT
It's that time. Temps are perfect out there. Who's up for it?
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
  Nov 22, 2016 - 05:01pm PT
Next week duh.
thebravecowboy

climber
The Good Places
  Nov 22, 2016 - 05:51pm PT
Thanks again for including us in your adventure BR.

Keeps the stoke-ometer regular.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Nov 22, 2016 - 07:00pm PT

This thread abides!

Obscure, off the beaten path
and not another monkey in sight,
nice!

Thanks Batrock,
ya got a good thing goin out there.
Looking forward to more updates,
Tad
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
  Nov 23, 2016 - 08:14am PT
I heard Charlie Manson and the "Family" did most of those lines BITD.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Nov 23, 2016 - 08:45am PT
That may account for the CM stamped on the old pins I found.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Dec 18, 2016 - 12:20pm PT
Went out there a few weeks ago with Nutagain for just a single day of climbing but I always think it's worth whatever time I get out there. The trip also included a soak at the springs, always an added benefit.
Since I didn't take any pictures I am showing some shots that Nutagain aka Scott, took. I hope thats ok Scott.
Checking out the dihedral on the Upper Deck.  Still unclimbed.  It's g...
Checking out the dihedral on the Upper Deck. Still unclimbed. It's got some wild compound angles. It's taller and steeper than the picture lets on.
Credit: Batrock
Batrock aka Kevin Mokracek nearing the top of the first pitch of 3 pit...
Batrock aka Kevin Mokracek nearing the top of the first pitch of 3 pitches on Machete. This route is probably my favorite so far. The top of the first pitch has bomber hands after a slightly awkward wide section.
Credit: Batrock
A OW that Nutagain was messing around on that he can most certainly ge...
A OW that Nutagain was messing around on that he can most certainly get but we just didn't have the time or the gear to protect it. This is also on the Upper Deck.
Credit: Batrock
An unfinished route on the Upper Deck.  I'll be back soon to finish it...
An unfinished route on the Upper Deck. I'll be back soon to finish it. It will give access to area above the Dihedral.
Credit: Batrock
The view never gets old.
The view never gets old.
Credit: Batrock
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Jan 24, 2017 - 10:31am PT
With recent storms it looks like the South Pass into the Saline and the Saline Wall received quite a bit of snow. Unless you have a high clearance 4x4 with chains i would wait until the snow melts. I'll be heading out next month and will report back with road conditions.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
  Jan 25, 2017 - 08:48am PT
Now that your work is over come out to Thailand!
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Mar 17, 2017 - 08:04pm PT
Just got home from a quick one day trip to the crag before heading to Mammoth for the week. Climbed Machete again, such a fun route. Put up a new bolted route on the arete immediately left of the belay on the first pitch of Machete. The new route is 5.10a.

New route climbs the left leaning dark brown arete.  Machete follows t...
New route climbs the left leaning dark brown arete. Machete follows the crack system just right of the arete for 3 pitches.
Credit: Batrock
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
  Mar 17, 2017 - 08:22pm PT
You said you were in Mammoth till the 25th hmmm
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Mar 18, 2017 - 10:05am PT
I am. I'll be back on the 25th. If the temps are cool we can head out to the Saline, lots more to do out there.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Author's Reply  Apr 6, 2017 - 10:32pm PT
I am thinking of climbing at the Saline this coming Monday if anyone wants to meet out there. Might be the last time before temps heat up for the season. Let me know.
kevinmokracek@gmail.com
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