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5 O'Clock Shadow S 
Agatha Christie (Direct) T,TR 
Air Monsters S 
Billionaire Boys Club T 
Close Shave T 
Edge of Da-light, The T 
Genevive S 
Get Low 
Gladiator T 
Hai Karate T,TR 
Histoplasmosis T 
Killer Whale S,TR 
Nang S 
Noodler S 
Rocket Science S 
Skin Bracer T 
Slippery When Wet T 
Thumbs Up S 
Tree Monsters S 
Writer's Cramp T 

North Fin Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: James DeRoussel on Jul 25, 2002

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North Fin hosts a very high concentration of quality rock routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.13. With both trad, sport, and mixed climbs there is something for everyone, and rock quality is generally excellent. It is also very accessible from Windy Point making it a popular destination.

Most of the climbs are east facing and shady in spots, especially later in the day. Though there are a few climbs at the southern end, including the ever-popular Slippery When Wet (5.7), that receive sun until late afternoon.

Getting There 

Driving up the Catalina Highway, park at Windy Point (mp 14.3). Cross teh highway and hike out the ridge just behind the restrooms.

Hike this trail out the ridge away from the highway. As you near the end of the ridge (couple hundred yards), find a trail that drops sharply down the right side along a small cliff. It may take some looking to find the right spot, but once you do, it will be obvious.

Continuing down this trail, you will approach Nancy's Thumb, a large pinnacle with an obvious crack on the north side. The base of North Fin climbs are accessed by descending the steep gully just below Nancy's Thumb. The climbs are on the right hand wall as you descend. Allow five minutes for the approach.

You can also set up topropes by walking around the back side of Nancy's Thumb to access the anchors.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Fin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Fin:
Slippery When Wet   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Agatha Christie (Direct)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Nang   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   
Skin Bracer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
The Edge of Da-light   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Noodler   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   
5 O'Clock Shadow   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Thumbs Up   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Histoplasmosis   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Air Monsters   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rocket Science   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Genevive   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Air Monsters!

Air Monsters 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : North Fin
A truly classic line. This climb is the anti-Mt. Lemmon climb. No crimps, just big holds on a nice big overhanging face. Unfortunately this climb must not get much action as I climbed it last weekend and there were cobwebs on the holds. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Ben Rackham
Jun 10, 2013
On Jun. 8, there was an Arizona black rattlesnake at North Fin. It was under a bush near Nancy's Thumb Tower, as you're approaching North Fin. As always in Arizona, just be sure to watch where you step and drop your packs; if you bring kids or dogs, keep them close.

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