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Motherlode Rock - North Face

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Smackdown S 
Whiptail S 

Motherlode Rock - North Face Rock Climbing 

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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 23, 2006


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The narrow and shady north face, known also as The Lizard Head for it's resemblence to one from the west, is home to a small collection of sport routes that range from 5.8-5.10.

The exposed arete of Whiptail (5.9) is the best route here but Powder Keg (5.10a) and Short Fuse (5.10b) are also enjoyable as worthy of attention.

Routes listed from left to right:

Powder Keg (5.10a)
Nitroglycerine (5.10b)
Short Fuse (5.10b)
Fun Police (5.6)
Smackdown (5.8)
Whiptail (5.9)

Getting There 

Take the trail from the northern parking area, which passes beneath the Incinerator Wall and leads directly to the wall.

Climbing Season

For the Holcomb Valley Pinnacles area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Motherlode Rock - North Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Motherlode Rock - North Face:
Whiptail   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Powder Keg   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Short Fuse   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Nitroglycerine   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Powder Keg 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Motherlode Rock - North Fac...
Up a slippery slab (harder than it looks) to some good holds under the roof and then power out the somewhat reachy roof with a wild sequence to finish on easy slab to anchors - fun!One of the first lines on the Motherlode Wall, this was orignally done with two bolts (the second and third) and no anchors but later retrobolted to make a popular and often done climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Elaine passing the last bolt of Powder Keg (5.10a)...
Elaine passing the last bolt of Powder Keg (5.10a)...
Rock Climbing Photo: The right side of Motherlode Rock's North Face (ak...
The right side of Motherlode Rock's North Face (ak...
Rock Climbing Photo: Smackdown (5.8), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Smackdown (5.8), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

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