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(h) Smooth Sole Walls Rock Climbing 

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The Smooth Sole Wall is filled with excellent one pitch thin face routes. None of them are well-bolted enough to qualify as sport climbs, and some of them have long runouts. This wall is in the sun almost all day, making it good for cold weather or early morning in the summer. By late morning in the summer, the rock is usually uncomfortably warm.

Getting There 

From where the trail first meets the rock (Buttress of Cracks), walk left, continue along the Sunshine Face, and start up the broad gully. Before long, exit to the left, along a ledge, and then either tunnel through a flake or scramble up along its top. You are now at the base of the right side of the Smooth Sole Wall. A deep chimney (Chatsworth Chimney) splits the formation. For most of the routes to the right of the chimney, you can descend via a 90' rappel from bolts. Chatsworth Chimney and all routes to the left finish at the top of the rock - you can scramble down along either side.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in (h) Smooth Sole Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for (h) Smooth Sole Walls:
Mickey Mantle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Smooth Sole Wall - Right Si...
Over and Out   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Smooth Sole Wall - Left Sid...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mantle right before the first bolt.

Mickey Mantle 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : Smooth Sole Wall - Right Si...
This is perhaps the best route on the Smooth Soul Wall. It has mantles, edges, friction, and a novel traverse, all on excellent rock. With only three bolts and fairly sustained climbing, there are substantial runouts. Rappel 90 feet from a ledge at the end of the route (or continue up with an easy second pitch and walk off). It is in the sun all day....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Jordan Ramey
From: Calgary, Alberta
Jun 10, 2007
Left Side:
Last Dance 5.10a R
Blown Out 5.10d
Down and Out 5.10c
Drowned Out 5.10a R
Over and Out 5.9 R
Steppin' Out 5.11d (pillar below Over and Out)

Right Side:
Chatsworth Chimney 5.7 R
Battle of the Bulge 5.11a R
The Fiend 5.9 R
Mickey Mantle 5.8 R
Howard's Fifty Footer 5.10d R
Ultimatum 5.10b (d direct finish)
Pink Royd 5.10d (c direct finish)
Sensuous Corner 5.9
Toxic Waltz 5.11c

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