P.A.'s Mother Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: West Face of P.A.'s Mother 1 Pissant 5.10b 2 Tough...
This rock is just past the green gate, on the north side of the creek, where the canyon narrows. The face has a chimney with an obvious crack to the right. The approach is easy and it offers a few good routes both trad and sport. All routes allow for a single rope rappel or walk off.
About a hundred or so feet past the second, green Rock Canyon
gate look for a couple of logs crossing the stream bed at some concrete structures. If the water is running cross here; if no water (most of the year) go another fifty feet or so and cross the stream bed. You'll see a clearing ahead of you with an obvious trail leading north on the far side of the clearing. Take this trail which then turns right and deposits you at The Appendage
Walk east past The Appendage
and pick up the trail
across the talus just east of the The Appendage
. Follow this trail to the base of P.A.'s Mother
Note that the trail from The Appendage
to P.A.'s Mother
is new as of May 2007; use it rather than the old, nasty slog up the talus directly below P.A.'s Mother
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in P.A.'s Mother
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for P.A.'s Mother:
Quality 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Altar Boy 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For P.A.'s Mother
By Jimbo Miller
Aug 6, 2015
This is probably one of my favorite areas in Rock Canyon. It's close, not very difficult approach, and good shade in the morning. The rock has a nice feel, better than the pokey quartzite/tillite of areas like Layer Cake and the Jobsite. It's a great place for a group of almost any skill, with such a range of difficulties. They can be a little tricky for their rating, but that's also what makes them interesting. Also, the description doesn't mention that the climb up the talus isn't so bad since a metal cable has been laid down (I don't know when). I didn't even know I had been doing the approach wrong the past couple of years.