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South Face Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 33.75941, -116.6846 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dpurf on Feb 24, 2006
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Description 

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).

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.8 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',7],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in South Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Face:
Orange Peel   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   South Face - Right Side
Left Ski Track   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   South Face - Left Side
Right Ski Track   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   South Face - Left Side
Mechanic's Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Open Book Area
The Chauvinist   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   South Face - Left Side
The Innominate   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   South Face - Left Side
Open Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 490'   Open Book Area
Chingadera   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   South Face - Left Side
Green Arch   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Open Book Area
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