Open Book (Tahquitz)

Open Book is a technical rock climbing route at Tahquitz Peak, CA.[1] Since the Yosemite Decimal System was developed at Tahquitz it is no coincidence that the first climb to be rated 5.9, Open Book, is also located at Tahquitz. In 1952, when Royal Robbins climbed it free, it was one of the most difficult free ascents in the country.

Open Book
The first two pitches follow the obvious corner.
LocationTahquitz Peak, California, United States
Coordinates33.7605°N 116.685°W / 33.7605; -116.685
Climbing AreaTahquitz
Route TypeTrad
Vertical Gain300 feet
First ascentJohn Mendenhall & Harry Sutherland, 1947.
First free ascentRoyal Robbins & Don Wilson, 1952.


  1. Randy Vogel (1993). Rock Climber's Guide to Tahquitz and Suicide (2nd ed.). Falcon. ISBN 0-934641-31-5.
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