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Sunshine Face Rock Climbing 

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Location: 33.76971, -116.69451 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 11, 2011
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This fantastic expanse of golden granite is stacked with suberb face and crack routes and is an area rich in climbing history.

Some of the better face climbs here include Hesitation (5.10a), Sundance (5.10b), Valhalla (5.11a), Iron Cross (5.11a), Moondance (5.11c), New Generation (5.11c) and Someone You're Not (5.12d).

Some of the better cracks here include Paisano Chimney (5.8), B.C.'s Ouch Chimney (5.9), The Drain Pipe (5.11b) and Tar and Feathers (5.11d).

Getting There 

Hike left past the Buttress of Cracks to reach this wall which sits just above and slightly right of the Smooth Sole Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

38 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunshine Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunshine Face:
Hesitation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Sundike   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Sundance   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Hesitation Direct   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Sunshine Face - Right Side
The Man That Fell to Earth   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 160'   Sunshine Face - Left Side
Iron Cross   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Valhalla   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Nirvana   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Voodoo Child   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
The Drain Pipe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Moondance   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
New Generation   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 280'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
Ishi   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Sunshine Face - Right Side
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Featured Route For Sunshine Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Iron Cross (5.11a)

Iron Cross 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Sunshine Face - Right Side
Traverse right on a ledge to get onto a pinnacle. P1 The thin crack is taxing, but does take nuts and thin cams, the crux involves technical and slightly desperate moves. P2 Your mates' big lead. Up a shallow ramp to the meat of P2. Thin face leads to an apparent impasse, but a sly move left (the Iron Cross) bypasses this to lead to a shallow ramp with pins, more face leads to the top. A long a worrying pitch, but brilliant (when you've done it)....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Mar 14, 2013
I have a young friend (a good guy) who has done a lot of sport climbing; he said he'd feel really good if he could lead comfortably at 5.12. I told him that a better ambition would be to lead every route on the Sunshine Face up to 5.11+. It's not about the grade, it's about the rock and the lines we draw upon it.

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