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Areas in Black Bluff - North Face

Black Bluff - N. Face (Left Side) 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Black Bluff - N. Face (Right Side) 10 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12

Description

The often shady north face is home to a stellar collection of mostly crack routes from 5.7 to 5.11+ with most in the 5.10 and under range. Some of the better routes here include Aurora Borealis (5.9), After the Fire (5.9), Shooting Star (5.10b), Social D (5.10b), Powder Finger (5.11a), Exodus (5.11c) and Die Hard (5.11c).

The general lack of traffic here means the routes are still a little dirty and in the process of cleaning up. If planning on doing multiple routes here an extra rope to fix as a rap line saves time on repeated descents as well as erosion of the slope.

Getting There

Follow the trail downhill to the base of the wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Black Bluff - North Face

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Best of Both Worlds
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 33
Scratch and Sniff
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 35
Black Bart
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
Arctic Circle Jerk
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 49
Aurora Borealis
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
After the Fire
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Social D
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Black Beard
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Shooting Star
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Powder Finger
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Best of Both Worlds Black Bluff - N. Face…
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Scratch and Sniff Black Bluff - N. Face…
 33
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Black Bart Black Bluff - N. Face…
 35
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Arctic Circle Jerk Black Bluff - N. Face…
 12
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Aurora Borealis Black Bluff - N. Face…
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
After the Fire Black Bluff - N. Face…
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Social D Black Bluff - N. Face…
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Black Beard Black Bluff - N. Face…
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Shooting Star Black Bluff - N. Face…
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Powder Finger Black Bluff - N. Face…
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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Sean Milburn
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sean Milburn   South Lake Tahoe, CA
You don't need two ropes. most of the climbs have anchors. Also you can easily walk up to the anchors and then rap down and save yourself hiking down the loose hill. Jun 17, 2017

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