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This is NOT a guidebook. These are my notes and thoughts regarding some of the climbs I have done at Tahquitz Rock. They are based on recollections of more than 30 years of climbing at Tahquitz and as such, will most certainly contain errors and other inaccuracies.
These notes refer to routes that require specialized equipment,
specialized training, a high level of fitness and good judgement to climb with
an acceptable level of risk. It is impossible to avoid all risks when
climbing. Hazards such as rocks falling from above, footholds or handholds
breaking, and bad weather are a threat to even the most accomplished and well
Do not depend solely upon these notes when assessing a route. My strengths and fears may be very different from yours. You may waltz up a climb on which I experienced STARK TERROR. Something that was easy for me may be hard or dangerous for you. Your opinions regarding these routes will likely be different than mine!
These notes are not complete. Descriptions may be
added, deleted or modified without notice, at any time. Some listed routes will
have no description.
The most widely used guidebook for the area is Rock Climbing: Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks by Randy Vogel and Bob Gaines. This is the 3rd edition (June 2001) of the Vogel/Gaines guide with many new routes listed. In these notes the "Guidebook" may refer to earlier editions of the Gaines/Vogel guide, as well as the earlier guidebook by the AAC and Chuck Wilts, Tahquitz and Suicide Rocks.
There is much climbing info on the Internet. Here are a few links:
Inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement.
Who you climb with is at least as important as what you climb and I've been lucky to have some great climbing partners. Thanks to Conrad Willett, Phil Warrender, Ron Van Horssen, Rich Grigsby, Gary Gunder, Greg Bender, Dennis Johnson, Tom Oetzell, Charles Foster, my son Brett Valle, and to several other folks with whom I've been fortunate to climb.
Since these are my thoughts, recollections and opinions the information included for a specific route will vary. Such things as a route's location, type of climbing, gear required, and other pertinent information, may or may not be included.
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These notes include the following areas of Tahquitz: