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Northwest Recess

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Consolation Direct, The T 
Consolation, The T 
Constellation T 
Edgehogs T 
Error, The T 
Farewell Horizontal T,S 
Gulp, The T 
Incision, The T 
Long Climb, The T 
Magical Mystery Tour T 
Sahara Terror T 
Snakes on Everything T 
Souvenir, The T 
Special K S,TR 
Swallow, The T 
Whodunit T 
Wong Climb T 

Northwest Recess Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Dpurf on Feb 3, 2006


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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

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Northwest Recess

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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'   
The Consolation Direct   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 7 pitches   
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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Rock Climbing Photo: The Meat Puppet smiling on Edgehogs' second pitch.

Edgehogs 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Northwest Recess
P1: (5.10A) - Follow the corner left of Whodunit to a short crack with a pin and a bolt. Continue to bolted belay.P2: (5.11-) - Move up and clip a bolt. Make a very tricky move (5.10+) to the right and up for the next bolt. The pin in the 2001 guide is missing, a small cam will fit. Continue up through 5 more bolts with a 5.11 move (never truly on the arete ). Move right toward the arete for another cruxy section over the roof to a 2 bolt belay in an alcove.P3: (5.10) - Tricky 5.10 moves o...[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.

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