Echo Cove - South Face Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: ATS topo
This wall is perhaps the closest and most accessible to the parking at Echo Rock. It's southwest aspect is warm and it should be considered when choosing the time of day and year to climb here. The climbing is mixed with a fair number of bolted and gear protected lines, although a few of the bolted lines are not so well protected and are somewhat mis-represented for gear and grade in Vogel's book (i.e. Flake and Bake easier than 5.8, but not protected as well as noted).
The rock here is generally good and routes range from 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty. There are no "super classics" here but there are some lines worth doing if in the area. The most well recognized of these are: R.M.L.
(5.9), Sitting Here in Limbo
(5.9), Axe of Dog
(5.10a), Out on a Limb
(5.10b), C.S. Special
(5.10c), Possessed by Elvis
(5.10c) & The Riddler
(5.12a). There are descents in both directions from the summit and you will generally want to walk off in whatever direction you are closest to.
From the main parking lot at Echo Tee, look into the West Face of Echo Rock. The nearest rock at the left side of this entrance is the right most end of South Face of Echo Cove Rocks. If you parked in the optional lot just north of the "tee" parking lot, you are more or less at the left end of it's base (it is just East of you).
Weather station 9.5 miles from here
28 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Echo Cove - South Face
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Echo Cove - South Face:
Sabretooth 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Bacon Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
R.M.L. 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Axe of Dog 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Fear of God 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Echo Cove - South Face
Sitting Here in Limbo 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
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This route lies on the right-most (east) solid buttress of the South Face of the Echo Cove Rocks. It is approached via a few slab moves to a small ledge, and begins just left of Out on a Limb and just right of a scaley wide crack.Climb this line of bolts on contoured face to the top of the buttress. The crux is somewhere near the middle of the route and is on small holds. The belay up top is well set with large cams and/or hexes and small tricams. There are other possibilities too.To descend, ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Echo South Face, far right. Photo by Blitzo.
Patina- Echo Cove area. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Echo Cove Rocks-South Face. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Echo Cove-South Face right. Photo by Blitzo.
South Face-Left Side. Photo by Blitzo.
By Mark J. Nelson
Jan 13, 2003
This is the outside face of the wall that forms the southern edge of Echo Cove. Bartlett describes this area as "South Echo Cove Rock - South Face."