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North Fin

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5 O'Clock Shadow S 
Agatha Christie (Direct) T,TR 
Air Monsters S 
Billionaire Boys Club T 
Bring on the Atheists S 
Close Shave T 
Edge of Da-light, The T 
Genevive S 
Get Low 
Gladiator T 
Hai Karate T,TR 
Histoplasmosis T 
Killer Whale S,TR 
Nancy's Crack T 
Nang S 
Noodler S 
Rocket Science S 
Skin Bracer T 
Slippery When Wet T 
Thumbs Up S 
Tree Monsters S 
Unknown (Right of Thumbs Up) S 
Writer's Cramp T 

North Fin Rock Climbing 

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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.

Climbing Season

For the 4 - Windy Point West area.

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Fin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   
Skin Bracer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Noodler   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   
5 O'Clock Shadow   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Bring on the Atheists   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Histoplasmosis   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Thumbs Up   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Air Monsters   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rocket Science   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Genevive   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For North Fin
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic rope & rock photo

Nang 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : North Fin
This is a long line that starts off on relatively low angle face with some thin holds and then gets progressively steeper. You might want to stick clip the first bolt or at least use a spotter. The tower on top is fairly steep but has big holds. The route is a challenge mentally with long run out sections and puzzling moves. Nang is a must do climb for sure....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Ben Rackham
Jun 10, 2013
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.
By jaspur
From: tucson,az
Feb 27, 2016
Found a pair of la sportiva shoes at the crag. Pm me with a description and I'll get them to you

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