Open Book, Tahquitz 5.9


Idyllwild, California USA

  • Currently 5.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 2 hours
Approach time: 30 minutes
Descent time: 30 minutes
Number of pitches: 3
Height of route: 300'
When Royal Robbins first led this in 1952, it was the hardest free climb in the country and the first 5.9. A half century later, this climb still commands respect because of its mandatory run-outs and old school style. This is a classic line and must-do-route for anyone who collects ascents of historically significant routes.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: November 13, 2008
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