Elevation: 6,448 ft
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Jul 25, 2002 with updates from Joe Alcorn
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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). Cross teh highway and hike out the ridge just behind the restrooms.

Hike this trail out the ridge away from the highway. As you near the end of the ridge (couple hundred yards), find a trail that drops sharply down the right side along a small cliff. It may take some looking to find the right spot, but once you do, it will be obvious.

Continuing down this trail, you will approach Nancy's Thumb, a large pinnacle with an obvious crack on the north side. The base of North 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. 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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 119
Slippery When Wet
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 137
Agatha Christie (Direct)
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 55
Nang
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Skin Bracer
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Noodler
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 42
5 O'Clock Shadow
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
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
 42
Histoplasmosis
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Thumbs Up
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 22
Air Monsters
Sport
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 4
Rocket Science
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 3
Genevive
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Slippery When Wet
 119
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Agatha Christie (Direct)
 137
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Nang
 55
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Skin Bracer
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Noodler
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
5 O'Clock Shadow
 42
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Bring on the Atheists
 19
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
 42
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Thumbs Up
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Air Monsters
 22
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Rocket Science
 4
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
Genevive
 3
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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