Elevation: 6,448 ft
GPS: 32.36755, -110.71953
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Jul 25, 2002 · Updates
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Description

North Fin hosts a very high concentration of quality rock routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.13. With both trad, sport, and mixed climbs there is something for everyone, and rock quality is generally excellent. It is also very accessible from Windy Point making it a popular destination.

Most of the climbs are east facing and shady in spots, especially later in the day. Though there are a few climbs at the southern end, including the ever-popular Slippery When Wet (5.7), that receive sun until late afternoon.

Getting There

Driving up the Catalina Highway, park at Windy Point (mp 14.3). From the parking lot at the overlook walk past the outhouses and proceed down the obvious trail.

Hike this trail out the ridge away from the highway. In a couple of hundred yards, the trail drops slightly below the ridgeline to the right.

Continuing down this trail, you'll approach Nancy's Thumb, a large pinnacle with an obvious crack on its north side. The base of South Fin climbs are accessed by descending the steep gully just below Nancy's Thumb. The climbs are on the right-hand wall as you descend (the left-hand wall is South Fin). Allow five minutes for the approach.

You can also set up topropes by walking around the back side of Nancy's Thumb to access the anchors.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Fin

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 149
Slippery When Wet
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 180
Agatha Christie (Direct)
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 79
Nang
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Skin Bracer
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Noodler
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 64
5 O'Clock Shadow
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 13
Life and Transfiguration
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 25
Unknown (Right of Thumbs Up)
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 41
Bring on the Atheists
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c R
 3
Tears of a Clown
Trad, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 59
Histoplasmosis
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
When Legends Fly
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 5
Bring on the Lemons
Trad 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 38
Air Monsters
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 4
Genevive
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Slippery When Wet
 149
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Agatha Christie (Direct)
 180
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Nang
 79
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Skin Bracer
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Noodler
 14
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5 O'Clock Shadow
 64
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Life and Transfiguration
 13
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Unknown (Right of Thumbs Up)
 25
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Bring on the Atheists
 41
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport
Tears of a Clown
 3
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c R Trad, TR
Histoplasmosis
 59
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
When Legends Fly
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Bring on the Lemons
 5
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad 2 pitches
Air Monsters
 38
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Genevive
 4
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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