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Routes in The Sphinx

A Sphinxter Says What? T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
BFE Dihedral, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Curse of the Pharaoh T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Half Man, Half Beast T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lower East Face, Sphinx T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Pharaoh's Tomb T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Tiller, The T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Upper East Face, Sphinx T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
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Type: Trad, 300 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
Page Views: 75 total, 2/month
Shared By: Tony B on Sep 16, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This route climbs a few tiers of rock on the small buttress just meters to the E/SE of the Sphinx proper. It begins on a low point to the North of center on the slab and climbs past a large ledge to the top of the broad face. Some additional distance, fun, and difficulty (still very moderate) can be had by climbing up and over the narrow tower of rock at the top of this and behind.

The rock can be descended by scrambling West/Northwest and around back to the base.

It is also possible to traverse Southward from the summit onto and across the face of the Sphinx to join the Lower East Face, though that passes lichen and some death flakes, meriting caution.


This route lies central on the small buttress at the Northeastern base area of the Sphinx. While this by all rights is a separate rock, as it has an independent base and summit from the Sphinx and you can not go between the two without walking on the ground, the books consider the East Face of the buttress a line on The Sphinx.


A standard light rack with a few long slings.


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