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Description 

Though it's home to a small collection of nice routes, newcomers to the Upper Passes may find getting oriented harder than the climbing itself. Suck Creek Canyon's approaches aren't well-worn trails with nice switchbacks like you'll find at T-Wall, and this is expecially true for the Upper Passes. According to locals, the landslide that has always served as a good landmark has become somewhat vague, and deadfall on parts of the cliff "trail" makes things more confusing. In the words of Suck Creek regular Tyler Stracker: if you hit the cliff at the right place the first time, go buy a lottery ticket, 'cause it's your lucky day.

Getting There 

After crossing the bridge over Suck Creek, continue about a half-mile up the canyon to a pullout on the right. Make your way down a steep hillside to the creek; cross it, then follow a huge landslide up to the base of the cliff. Main Wall routes are located to the left of this landslide, while the Auschwitz Buttress is to the right.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.4 miles from here

7 Total Routes

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['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['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]


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Whack and Dangle 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2+  TN : Suck Creek Canyon : ... : Auschwitz Buttress
P1: An easy 5.7 pitch gets you through ledges to a belay ledge.P2:A handfull of knife blades gets you out the lip of the roof above to a ledge.P3: Climb up to a large roof. Difficult nailing on some very thin wafers will get you out the roof and finish....[more]   Browse More Classics in TN

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