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(v) North Face

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Break Out T 
Bunny Slope T 
Cat's Cave Inn T 
Cats Meow T 
Decapitation T 
Graham Crackers T 
Greasy Kid Stuff T 
Guillotine, The T 
Harm's Way T 
Hillside Strangler T 
Innominate II T 
Kitty Litter Variation T 
Little Murders T 
Obscured by Clouds T 
Obscured by Time T 
Peer Pressure T 
Shine On T 
Superfluous Bolt T 
Tabby Treat T 
Tangled Up in Blue T 
Thin Man, The T 
Unnamed Slab T 
Yours T 

(v) North Face Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,334'
Location: 33.77166, -116.69612 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 11, 2011


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The north face is located just past the (u) Northeast Buttress and is the furthest right portion of Suicide Rock; it offers a decent selection of one and two pitch routes including many moderates. Do be aware that local guide services often utilize the shorter climbs on the far right for classes. An easy walk-off descent can be made from any of the routes that top out by following a trail down along the margin of the rock.

Getting There 

Follow the trail which runs along the base of the rock past the (u) Northeast Buttress until you reach the north face which is the very last portion of the rock before it tapers off into dirt.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in (v) North Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for (v) North Face:
Little Murders   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Graham Crackers   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Yours   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
The Guillotine   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Cats Meow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Peer Pressure   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Superfluous Bolt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Obscured by Clouds   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Guillotine (5.8 R) climbs the thin flakes dire...

The Guillotine 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : ... : (v) North Face
Some fun, easy liebacking on large, sharp flakes (including the guillotine flake) takes you up a right-facing corner. Climb up into a short, well-protected squeeze chimney (crux) and struggle up to a comfortable belay. Runout but easy (5.5) friction moves take you to the top of the rock. Walk off to the right. Some people have avoided the squeeze chimney by a committing, very runout lieback. Done this way, the climb deserves an "R."...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jun 3, 2013
It's very common for rocks, stones and other articles (belay plates, etc.) to come bounding the the buttress at the Graham Crackers area. A helmet is a good idea, even when kicking back at the bottom.
By Sean Maher
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 20, 2016
I wouldn't recommend this crag to anyone on account of the loose rock. The face is composed of detached and nearly detached exfoliating slabs balanced on top of each other. Many tragedies are waiting to happen here.
By Tradiban
Jul 21, 2016
Seriously Sean? This isn't a sport crag, there are death blocks all over Tahquitz and Suicide. Learn to climb amongst loose stuff or don't climb anything around Idyllwild or anything in the mountains for that matter. It's your choice.

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