Approach to Weeping WallThe Climber's trail up to Suicide Rock, from the Fern Valley Road parking area, will go up the hill and end near the Buttress of Cracks and The Weeping Wall. Look for the litter at the base of the Weeping Wall. Gain the wall and start of the route, near a pine tree at a small crack/corner. This is Surprise 5.8 R
Route DescriptionP1- A medium nut protects the start of the route in the corner (.7), then move up and left on nice face holds (5.4 R) for a very long way (50ft) to a 3 bolt belay on a comfy ledge. 100ft to ground from here.
P2- Move Right off the belay on a tapering ledge, then face climbing straight up leads to a bolt (5.8 R). Continue up 20 ft on a beautiful thin white dike (.8) to a small right facing corner. Climb the corner (.5) to its end, and move up and left to a 3 bolt belay.
View from Belay of 2nd Pitch
P3-From the belay, go left and gain a yawning flared crack. Climb up the crack past a fixed piton (.7) to the top, passing thru a bush.
Variations of SurpriseThere are many variations of this route:
P1 Variation #1- Climb the original start, and go more up than left (.7 face) to gain the 1st bolt on Duck Soup. This adds rope drag but protects the runout better. Then go up and left (.6) to the 3 bolt belay.
P1 Variation #2- Climb the right facing corner of the far left side of the weeping wall, right of the Commencement slab (.6) After 20 ft, pass a horn, climb 10 ft and place gear, traverse right (.5) up onto the face up to the anchor.
P1 Variation #3- Go straight up the face (.9 R) for the 1st pitch of Clam Chowder to the belay. No gear.
P3 Variation- From the belay, climb straight up to small pockets right of the yawning crack (.7) and stay on the right edge of the crack until flakes and pro become available higher up as you go (.6) Continue to the top of the rock. Recommended Finish. Gear-thin to 2in.
Essential Gear-60M rope
-Gear small to 2 inches
A basic, small rack of nuts and small cams along with some draws are good for all variations.
DescentFrom the top move up and left to a 2 bolt chain to rap 80ft to a notch. Downclimb easy 3rd to Paisano Ledge, There will be another 2 bolt chain to rap another 80ft in a notch. Downclimb 4th class terrain to bottom.
First AscentThis was the first climb done on the Weeping Wall. In April 1966, Pat Callis and Larry Reynolds came up to Suicide Rock to take a look. Tahquitz was much more popular, and Suicide thought to be too steep to climb, and with no pro on the long smooth looking faces.
They climbed this route, and named it so because they were so surprised that it went so well, and was such nice rock! The two of them would be part of many other spectacular climbs at Suicide Rock.