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Platypus Rock Climbing 

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A forty-foot sandstone tower with a handful of fun climbs, mostly in the 5.10 range. Climbs are typically slabby and technical and fairly sustained. No gear is needed on any of them, just quickdraws.

The Platypus consists of three distinct faces, each with bolted routes on them. The South Face is the closest to the Chew Tooth, but is hidden in a gulley. You will likely see come across the West Face first.

Routes, from right to left, heading clockwise around the Platypus:

West Face (the most prominent and lowest angle face)
-- Moss Man, 5.10a, 3 bolts
-- Plat-A-Pussy, 5.10a, 3 bolts

North Face (around the corner, clockwise, from the West face)
-- Jelly Fish, 5.11b, 4 bolts (I didn't get to try this one)
-- Al Hussein, 5.10d, 3 bolts

South Face (around the corner, clockwise, from North face, in the gulley)
-- Rat-A-Puss, 5.10a, 3 bolts


NOTE: while rap rings have been added to more anchors recently they may not be present on all of them.

Getting There 

Approach as for the Chew Tooth
-- Follow Saratoga Gap trail from the main parking lot for < 5 mins. Take a left at the sign for Castle Rock, and follow the obvious trail as it heads uphill. After a few minutes you will reach a small sign that says "trail ahead" with a arrow pointing left. You want to go RIGHT. Follow this fainter trail into a clearing, and continue right past a trail that branches off to the left. You will soon see the top of the Chew Tooth.

From the top of the Chew Tooth, head uphill on a faint trail. Crest the hill and walk about 100 feet. Platypus will be on your right if you look sharp. If you reach Shady Rock at its obvious roofy climbs, you've gone to far.

Total approach time: 10-15 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Platypus

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Platypus:
Rat-A-Puss   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 35'   
Moss Man   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 40'   
Al Hussein   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Platypus west face

Plat-A-Pussy 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Platypus
This route has some good climbing on it, but the fact that its crux is before you clip the first bolt certainly detracts from its quality. Make puzzling moves up to the first bolt, using any form of trickery you can muster. Clip the first bolt and head up easier, but still interesting, terrain past two more bolts to the anchors. I thought the bottom of this route was particularly stout for the grade. "Plat-A-Pussy" has a harder crux but is less sustained than its neighbor, "Moss Man"....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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