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Castle Rock - Southwest Face

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Castle Rock - Southwest Face Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,400'
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 21, 2007
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Description 

The Southwest Face is slightly shorter and less steep than the South Face with several moderate cracks and a couple of sport routes. Morning shade and then sun until fairly late in the day.

The Sphynx (5.6), Ball and Chain (5.9+), Cryptology (5.10b) and Holy Fingers (5.11b) are the climbs to seek out here.

Getting There 

Hike west along the base past the South Face until you reach this portion of Castle Rock.

Climbing Season

For the Castle Rock Area area.

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Castle Rock - Southwest Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Castle Rock - Southwest Face:
The Sphynx   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Turret   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   
The Great Steps of Cheops   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Ball and Chain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cryptology   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Castle Rock - Southwest Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Owen on Ball and Chain.

Ball and Chain 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
This climb is a definite must. If you come here climb this one at least once! Ball & Chain makes for a good warmup, it will definitly get your blood flowing especially at the hairy moves at the last bolt! Other people have rated this climb a 10a although I am not so sure, it was a little hairy but not hairy enough to give a .10a. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Castle Rock - Southwest Face Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Rock Climbing Photo: Southwest Face of Castle Rock.   The climbing rope...
Southwest Face of Castle Rock. The climbing rope...
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Rock Climbing Photo: Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. T...
BETA PHOTO: Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. T...
Rock Climbing Photo: Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear

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