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Zig Zag

5.10b, Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches,  Avg: 2.6 from 9 votes
FA: TM Herbert and Mark Powell, 1961 FFA: Mark Powell and Bob Kamps, 1967
California > Tahquitz & Suic… > Tahquitz Rock > (h) Open Book Area

Description

This excellent climb is on the relatively narrow wall to the right of the Open Book. Start with the initial overhang of the Open Book, then move up and right past a bolt, and into a crack system. One or two 5.9 lieback moves are followed by easy climbing, and then a 5.9 move just before the belay (the route joins Mechanic's Route here). When Mechanic's Route branches off and right onto face climbing, continue up the crack. Great finger jamming leads ten or twelve feet up to a crux exit move onto the face. Climb up to a crack above, and on to a belay. Exit to either the right (Mechanic's Route) or left (Open Book).

Protection

standard rack

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Jascha approaching the P1 belay
[Hide Photo] Jascha approaching the P1 belay
the lines above viewed from P1
[Hide Photo] the lines above viewed from P1
looking down P1 and the classic dihedral on Open Book
[Hide Photo] looking down P1 and the classic dihedral on Open Book
the 3 lines become visible after the pulling the roof
[Hide Photo] the 3 lines become visible after the pulling the roof
S Face showing Open Book, Zig Zag, Mechanic's Route and the Green Arch
[Hide Photo] S Face showing Open Book, Zig Zag, Mechanic's Route and the Green Arch
The bouldery start shared by Zig Zag, Open Book, Mechanic's Route.  Zig Zag traverses right after the Open Book start then heads up the left facing flake to the left of the wide crack in the middle of the photo.
[Hide Photo] The bouldery start shared by Zig Zag, Open Book, Mechanic's Route. Zig Zag traverses right after the Open Book start then heads up the left facing flake to the left of the wide crack in the middle…

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[Hide Comment] An underrated climb, take care not to go off route, and the "exit" from the thin seam isn't obvious but surprisingly exciting. Did it in two pitches with a 70m. Dec 22, 2012