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Elevation: 4,176 ft 1,273 m
GPS: 34.02195, -116.17567
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Shared By: Woody Stark on Mar 15, 2003
Admins: Greg Opland, Mike Morley, C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Gunkswest
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Playhouse Rock sits near and to the south of Hemingway Buttress. It faces east and is one of the more popular formations in the park with numerous routes of varying difficulty on the east side. There are at least two sets of rappel anchors on top and down climbing is easy off the southeast end. It's an excellent formation for working with novice climbers: A 5.4, a couple of sixes and numerous sevens; good quality rock; most routes are easily protected and all the routes are one pitch. Further, there are excellent eights and nines. A couple of the nines, I believe, are underrated by a point.

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Playhouse sits a short distance to the south of Hemingway Buttress. You can now park at the lot used for Hemingway or the pullout a few yards further up the road. The approach is no more than ten minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Playhouse Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Dress Rehearsal
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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
The Irritators
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 79
Psycho Groove
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
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Balancing Act
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dress Rehearsal
 97
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Irritators
 38
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Psycho Groove
 79
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Balancing Act
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, TR
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