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Castle Rock - Southwest Face

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Ball and Chain S 
Cryptology S 
Great Steps of Cheops, The T,TR 
Sphynx, The T 
Turret, The T 

Castle Rock - Southwest Face  


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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 21, 2007
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Description 

The Southwest Face is slightly shorter and less steep than the South Face with several moderate cracks and a couple of sport routes. Morning shade and then sun until fairly late in the day.

The Sphynx (5.6), Ball and Chain (5.9+), Cryptology (5.10b) and Holy Fingers (5.11b) are the climbs to seek out here.

Getting There 

Hike west along the base past the South Face until you reach this portion of Castle Rock.

Climbing Season


5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock - Southwest Face:
The Sphynx   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Turret   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 90'   
Ball and Chain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cryptology   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Cryptology (5.10b), Castle Rock

Cryptology 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac...
Make sure your belayer is anchored (a large block at the base can be slung for an anchor) then stem across the chasm to reach the first bolt. Fun climbing up plated face leads to the midway point where the rock changes character and becomes less featured to a crux at the 5th bolt. Higher make a delicate traverse left to gain a good horizontal and progressively larger holds to the top.The climbing on this route is very reminiscent of Joshua Tree with it's delicate friction moves and tricky sequen...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. The Great steps of Cheops 5.8 & The Syphnx 5.6 are on this face both have no bolts but they share chains at the top.
BETA PHOTO: Ball & chain is just to the right of this photo. T...
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Castle Rock - Southwest Face, Big Bear
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Christian Sweetsheppard follows The Turret.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Alex from Whittier on Holy Fingers.
Southwest Face of Castle Rock.  <br /> <br />The climbing rope in this photo hangs atop the Great Steps of Cheops and crosses the Sphinx and Ball & Chain.
Southwest Face of Castle Rock.

The climbing rope...

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