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Northwest Recess

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Northwest Recess 


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Location: 33.76079, -116.68392 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dpurf on Feb 3, 2006
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Description 

The Northwast Recess is located between the Maiden Buttress on the right and the North Buttress to the left. It can be seen from the parking area of Humbler park. The right-facing corner/dihedral that extends almost to the top is Whodunit (5.9).

Descent: Is either down the Friction Route or the North Gully.


Getting There 

Take the Climber Trail to Lunch Rock. From Lunch Rock head straight left for awhile then slightly down to get around the Maiden Buttress. After around the Maiden Buttress angle up and left. Looks up for the Whodunit Dihedral, it is not hard to miss.


Climbing Season


15 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',3],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['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 Northwest Recess:
The Error   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Sahara Terror   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
The Swallow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Wong Climb   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Long Climb   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   
Whodunit   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 8 pitches, 800'   
The Consolation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Snakes on Everything   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Farewell Horizontal   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Edgehogs   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   
The Souvenir   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   
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Featured Route For Northwest Recess
Follow the obvious line of cracks to the top! (Just to the left of the red line)

Whodunit 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Northwest Recess
While the guide quotes 8 pitches it can easily be condensed to 5 pitches. The cracks on this climb are stunning and very straight forward. There is quite a variety from low angle laybacking to hand cracks and eventually a chimney. A crux lies at the exit to a chimney where you get a bomber fist jam and have to work your feet up and get out of the top of the chimney. There is one bolted belay and all the rest are gear anchors. There are at least 2 good belay ledges. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Roger Linfield
Feb 24, 2006

An alternative descent (and the easiest one) is to scramble southeast to a saddle and then take a trail clockwise around the rock.