Rock II - North Face Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Chris D on Oct 16, 2011|
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From the parking area, walk down into the bottom of the canyon, then climb about 1,000 feet on loose soil and talus up ridges and along game trails to get to the rock, aiming for the left-center of the south face of Rock II.
The South Face of Owens Ridge. Middle Saddle is between Rocks I and II, but approach it from the base of Rock II to avoid difficult terrain.
When you are near the base of the rock, begin countouring to your right, aiming for the Middle Saddle, which is between Rocks I and II. Approaching the saddle from directly below instead of from along the base of Rock II will get you into cliffs that are difficult to get around.
From Middle Saddle, descend to the north between Rocks I and II. This descent is characterized by steep, loose, dangerous talus and sand surrounded by steep slab covered with ball-bearing gravel. Be careful.
The slab and talus descent to The Forest from Middle Saddle
Sticking to the flowing band of talus, and keeping as far to the left as possible, you'll eventually come to a point where fourth-class downclimbing is required to reach a tree with some tat and a rap-ring. This tree permits an 85-foot rappel to "The Forest," a collection of trees and shrubs on a huge sloping ledge. Most of the routes on the North Face of Rock II begin in The Forest.
Setting up the rappel to The Forest.
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