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This area is around the right side of Tahquitz which includes the Open Book area. This area offers some short climbs and is warm on cool day but heats up during the summer. It starts with the Open book Dihedral and keeps moving right and up. This area offers a variety of climbing, from good moderates to stout to even aid climbing.
The usual descent is the Friction Route, but there is also a rappel route starting on the 2 bolt anchor atop the Open book to a 2 bolt anchor for Green Arch and then down to the ground (you will need 2 ropes for this rappel).
From Lunch Rock head up and right to the base. Then follow the base around and right until you see the Open Book Dihedral. This is the start of the area.
Weather station 1.8 miles from here
21 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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Green Arch 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
: Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks
: ... : Open Book Area
The Green Arch is one of Tahquiz's greatest climbs. It follows a striking corner to the right of the Open Book (5.9). An amazing climb you donít want to miss. And yes, it's sandbagged.Pitch one: Start about 100 feet below were the arch begins and climb past a few pitons and one bolt to a small ledge where the arch begins (5.10+).Pitch two: The crux. Stem your way up the smooth corner for about 100 feet. Except for the occasional pin scar there is no crack in the corner to help you out. Use t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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BETA PHOTO: overview of Open Book area