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The Howling

The Howling

The Howling

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.10920°N / 118.484°W

Object Title: The Howling

Route Type: Technical Rock Climb

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: 5.10a

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Rob

Created/Edited: Feb 8, 2005 / Feb 8, 2005

Object ID: 163902

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From the Witch / Sorcerer notch, hike around the north side of the Witch needle to the north face of the Warlock. There is a 5.5 chimney leading to the notch between the Witch and the Warlock. The Howling starts in the prominent splitter hand crack about 50' to the left of the chimney. A 5.9 1st pitch variation goes up the crack / chimney 30' to the left.

Route Description

Pitch 1~ (5.9) Climb the hand crack straight up to the ledge. Traverse left 25', then climb up 20' to a bolted belay. To avoid bad rope drag on the short traverse section, you can belay at the first ledge (two bolts) and do a short pitch to the next belay.
Pitch 2~ (5.10a) Climb up from the belay to a ledge, there is a block leaning onto the upper face, stand on the block and step up onto the face, climb the face past 3 bolts, continue up, passing the bolted anchor for the Titanic route (clip for pro). Belay on the top, (bolts).

Descent ~ Rappel from the top bolted anchor (120'), then do one more 140' rap to the ground from the bolts at the top of the first pitch.

Essential Gear

Cams 1/2"- 4" one each. An extra 3"- 3.5" is optional for the first sction.
One set of nuts.
Extra rope for rappels.

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North face of the Warlock....The Howling