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South Face 

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Elevation: 7,000'
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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).

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.

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Face:
Left Ski Track   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   South Face - Left Side
The Chauvinist   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   South Face - Left Side
Mechanic's Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Open Book Area
Right Ski Track   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   South Face - Left Side
The Innominate   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   South Face - Left Side
Open Book   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 490'   Open Book Area
Zig Zag   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Open Book Area
Chingadera   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   South Face - Left Side
Green Arch   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Open Book Area
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Charlie, rounding the roof and arriving at the second Belay stance of Open Book <br />

Open Book 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Open Book Area
This 3 pitch beauty ascends a very obvious dihedral. The first few moves off the deck are exciting and lead to an enjoyable first belay in a little nook.The second pitch contains the business. You layback a 4" crack for 60+ feet to gain a belay either inside a little cave or right after depending on what gear you have left. The last pich starts with some fun slab moves and exits to easier ground. Top out and hike to the top of Taquitz on easy 3rd class. Then you can hike out. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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