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Baby Face 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Kevin Worrell, et all.
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Submitted By: SCherry on Feb 21, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: Topping out the 3rd pitch on Baby Face

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  • Description 

    If you like crimping this is the climb for you. Ascends a beautiful, creamy white, steep face with crimps for days!

    Pitch 1 (5.9): Start off of lunch rock with the first pitch of Cruise Line, but climb past the chain anchors another 10 feet to a 3 bolt anchor in the center of the alcove formed by Tail Tuckers dihedral on the left and the clean rounded prow at the beginning of the huge clean face on your right.

    From here you have 3 options: Straight up off the belay is the route "Offspring". Just right from the belay is "Baby Face", and hard right is the start of "Blood Line". It can be a little confusing but the ACSD Guide is helpful here.

    Pitch 2 (11a): Mega classic crimping up the face, following a seemingly endless line of bolts on immaculate white rock. No real identifiable crux, just lots of moves at the grade and its 17 bolts long!

    Climb up and slightly right off the belay on moderate terrain, following a shallow left facing dihedral. Then up onto the steepening face as the bolt line leaves the corner. Get established on the slab and don't stop crimping until the top! (150 feet).

    At the top of the face you have 3 options for your belay. As the climbing eases, move right at the end of the hard face climbing on cool scoop holds. You'll see an anchor above a small ledge before the larger ledge system at the base of a large corner feature. The actual anchor for the 3rd pitch of Baby Face is up in the corner at the back of this large ledge. There are also tan painted anchors at the base of an arete on the right side of the ledge, but this is for the final pitch of Blood Line.

    Pitch 3 (11a/b): Climb up out of the dihedral on cool water sculpted hueco features, using the crack in the corner, for 3 bolts. Pull up onto the clean face and climb past the crux, staying left of the bolt line on the arete, into cool left facing flake holds that lead to a nice ledge at the top of the formation (80 feet). This pitch has a harder move than the one below it but isn't nearly as sustained.

    Pitch 4 (10c): You can skip this pitch and just walk up and right to the top. Or climb out left onto a cool orange face with a cool looking overhanging dihedral at its top. Delicately face climb for 20 feet until you can get established in this dihedral. Solve the overhanging corner crux and enjoy the 400 feet of exposure below you as you top out. Belay from a block below a choke cherry bush and then scramble through the bush and up to the top to get off (40 feet).


    Starts with the first pitch of Cruise Line right off of Lunch Rock. Best to climb all 4 pitches, top out and walk off from the summit.


    20 quickdraws. A few long/extendable ones are helpful.

    Photos of Baby Face Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gearing up for the start of Baby Face on the flat ...
    BETA PHOTO: Gearing up for the start of Baby Face on the flat ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Near the top of p3
    Near the top of p3
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sean heading up pitch 1 on Baby Face
    BETA PHOTO: Sean heading up pitch 1 on Baby Face
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the crimpfest (p2)
    Looking down the crimpfest (p2)

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    By Jan Tarculas
    From: Riverside, Ca
    Jan 28, 2013
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    I felt like pitch 2 was a lot more difficult than pitch 3. Route info didn't mention that pitch 2 is pretty slabby half way through.
    By John Harley
    Feb 26, 2017

    Great climb. The crux of the last 10c pitch felt harder than any particular move on the previous 11 pitches. It felt like a V2/V3 boulder problem. Very well protected though, and awesome exposure.

    Just a note that there are several loose rocks at the anchors on top of this pitch. Be very careful as knocking them down would send them directly down towards the lunch rock area.

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