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Castle Rock - Southwest Face

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Ball and Chain S 
Cryptology S 
Great Steps of Cheops, The T,TR 
Sphynx, The T 
Turret, The T 

Castle Rock - Southwest Face  


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Elevation: 7,400'
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 21, 2007
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Description 

The Southwest Face is slightly shorter and less steep than the South Face with several moderate cracks and a couple of sport routes. Morning shade and then sun until fairly late in the day.

The Sphynx (5.6), Ball and Chain (5.9+), Cryptology (5.10b) and Holy Fingers (5.11b) are the climbs to seek out here.

Getting There 

Hike west along the base past the South Face until you reach this portion of Castle Rock.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.5 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock - Southwest Face:
The Sphynx   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Turret   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   
Ball and Chain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cryptology   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Marisa Fienup climbs through the crux of The Great Steps of Cheops, at Castle Rock.

The Great Steps of Cheops 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
The route starts on a left slanting crack in the gulley to the left of the Sphinx. Climb left until the slanting crack meats a vertical crack with a smooth face on its right. This portion is best climbed as a layback to the right. The first few moves of this section are the clear crux of the route. As this crack ends, climb massive jugs straight up, placing gear in a sequence of left-slanting cracks that are passed....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Photo/topo for Castle Rock (SW Face),  Castle Rock
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Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. The Great steps of Cheops 5.8 & The Syphnx 5.6 are on this face both have no bolts but they share chains at the top.
BETA PHOTO: Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. T...
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Southwest Face of Castle Rock.  <br /> <br />The climbing rope in this photo hangs atop the Great Steps of Cheops and crosses the Sphinx and Ball & Chain.
Southwest Face of Castle Rock.

The climbing rope...

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