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South Face Rock Climbing 

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The South Face has a longer and trickier approach than other parts of Suicide Rock. However, it has a nice selection of one and two pitch routes. It is in the sun after early morning, and therefore can be a good place to climb in cool weather (even mid-winter).

Getting There 

There are two common approaches. One is to hike up the large gully to the left of the Sunshine Face. When the terrain steepens, scramble up near the left side of the gully, scramble through a tunnel, and emerge on walking terrain at the right end of the South Face. The alternative is to hike around to the right side of the rock, then left all the way to the top of the South Face, and finally do a 70 foot rappel down to where the tunnel ends.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in South Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Face:
Spring Cleaning   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Miscalculation   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   
Disco Jesus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Hades   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
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Featured Route For South Face
Rock Climbing Photo: John Long on the first pitch, 1984.

Hades 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : South Face
Brilliant climbing on impeccable rock. Definitely stands out for it's quality, variety, and difficulty. Unusual (for Suicide) face climbing that follows a flake system on pitch one, with a extremely hard crux sequence on pitch two.Pitch 1: After the first bolt (quite high - 5.9) do a few hard (10d) moves to gain the base of the corner/flake system that arches up and right. Pass two more bolts in the corner. The second bolt protects moves (12a) that are the crux of the pitch before more good c...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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