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By WadeM
Mar 30, 2013
Ultimate Squeeze
Looking for a general list of Tahquitz offwidths. Potentially moving to the area for summer. Any grade is fine!

Thanks

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Mar 30, 2013
Tahquitz and Suicide aren't particularly known for the OW climbing. The rock is generally low angled and features enough that it is pretty rare that you really have to stick an arm in an get into true offwidthing mode. While there are some widish cracks in the area, it is usually more of an awkward slabby squeeze/flare behind a flake. The Plague, at Suicide, is an example of this. Hot Buttered Rump (mountainproject.com/v/hot-butt... is probably the most sustained wide crack climbing that you'll find up there, but it is again more a flared squeeze than a proper OW.

Other routes that come to mind are Whodunnit (chimney on 3rd pitch...not really an OW), and the Trough (more of just an easy slab/ramp thing, with an OW in it). Open Book has a widish fist crack, again not really OW.

So, not really a whole lot of true OW climbing up there. If you are in the area long term, you can probably find some wide cracks to amuse yourself at Woodson and Joshua Tree, but those will have to wait for a season other than summer. Or, there may be some OW FA opprotunities waiting on the cliffs far up and left from Tahquitz, which are relatively unexplored.

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By Bryan G
From San Jose
Mar 30, 2013
Puffy jackets and Happy Boulders
This one looks sort of burly

The late Tobin Sorenson (1973) photo from JL.And s...
The late Tobin Sorenson (1973) photo from JL.And submitted with permission.

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Mar 30, 2013
Bryan G wrote:
This one looks sort of burly


Yeah, I totally forgot about that one. Yikes; maybe I purposefully expunged it from the memory.

(Note: pic is of Paisano Overhang)

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Mar 30, 2013
That reminded me-- on the back side of the same formation is the Paisano Jam crack, a very short 5.10 OW. mountainproject.com/v/paisano-...


When it comes down to it though, the best routes in Idyllwild aren't the OW.

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By Catherine Conner
From Phoenix, AZ
Mar 30, 2013
Contemplative-what is ahead?
Now this is one I heard about from a friend, but wouldn't "The Swallow" fit the bill? I just remember my friend saying something about not having any big gear, having to run it out, and being freaked out by it...

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By Willie Wilson
From America
Mar 31, 2013
I remember there being an offwidth somewhere around the top of Jensen's Jaunt but its pretty easy. Like others have said Tahquitz and Suicide aren't really known for their offwidths.

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By Robin like the bird
From mountain center ,CA
Mar 31, 2013
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wade morris wrote:
Looking for a general list of Tahquitz offwidths. Potentially moving to the area for summer. Any grade is fine! Thanks



What is bringing you to the San jacintos?

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By WadeM
Mar 31, 2013
Ultimate Squeeze
Work.
I grew up in NorCal, but currently am in Florida. I've spent most of my time through Tahoe and Yosemite.

I know there's plenty of classic hands and fingers through the area, was just looking for any wide stuff because thats usually harder to search for

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By Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Mar 31, 2013
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wal...
The upper pitches of Open Book can be liebacked at 5.6/7ish or OWed a little harder.

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Mar 31, 2013
wade morris wrote:
Work. I grew up in NorCal, but currently am in Florida. I've spent most of my time through Tahoe and Yosemite. I know there's plenty of classic hands and fingers through the area, was just looking for any wide stuff because thats usually harder to search for


You working at Astrocamp? Boojum?

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By WadeM
Apr 1, 2013
Ultimate Squeeze
I work for Siemens Energy. I'd be located in Irvine/ Mission Viejo

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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Apr 1, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
"The Swallow"

Good try, but when you get up close, you find a inner crack!

I loved finding that out.

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