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Genevive S 
Get Low 
Gladiator T 
Hai Karate T,TR 
Histoplasmosis T 
Killer Whale S,TR 
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Slippery When Wet T 
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Writer's Cramp T 

North Fin 


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Submitted By: James DeRoussel on Jul 25, 2002
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Description 

North Fin hosts a very high concentration of quality rock routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.13. With both trad, sport, and mixed climbs there is something for everyone, and rock quality is generally excellent. It is also very accessible from Windy Point making it a popular destination.

Most of the climbs are east facing and shady in spots, especially later in the day. Though there are a few climbs at the southern end, including the ever-popular Slippery When Wet (5.7), that receive sun until late afternoon.


Getting There 

Driving up the Catalina Highway, park at Windy Point (mp 14.3). Cross teh highway and hike out the ridge just behind the restrooms.

Hike this trail out the ridge away from the highway. As you near the end of the ridge (couple hundred yards), find a trail that drops sharply down the right side along a small cliff. It may take some looking to find the right spot, but once you do, it will be obvious.

Continuing down this trail, you will approach Nancy's Thumb, a large pinnacle with an obvious crack on the north side. The base of North Fin climbs are accessed by descending the steep gully just below Nancy's Thumb. The climbs are on the right hand wall as you descend. Allow five minutes for the approach.

You can also set up topropes by walking around the back side of Nancy's Thumb to access the anchors.


20 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Fin:
Slippery When Wet   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Agatha Christie (Direct)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Nang   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   
The Edge of Da-light   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Skin Bracer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
5 O'Clock Shadow   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Thumbs Up   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Histoplasmosis   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Air Monsters   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Genevive   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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By Ben Rackham
Jun 10, 2013
CONDITION REPORT 

On Jun. 8, there was an Arizona black rattlesnake at North Fin. It was under a bush near Nancy's Thumb Tower, as you're approaching North Fin. As always in Arizona, just be sure to watch where you step and drop your packs; if you bring kids or dogs, keep them close.