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McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Is there a History? Are there routes? Anybody got close-ups or adventures focused on it? It's the high isollated pinnacle in the center of the photo with a bit of sunlight on it. I have always wondered about it and I'm getting tired of wondering. It is absolutely beautiful from several locations. It seems like it would have some kind of significance like the Winneduma Pinnacle; hard to get to - has climbing route......and history. Somebody here has to have better pics than this. Maybe it's just the most wondered about pinnacle in the Sierra.

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Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 15, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
wait fer it



















































Lembert Dome.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
Why didn't I think of that!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 15, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
Bahhhh! beat me to it she did..
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 15, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
I disagree. that's the yer gonna die pinnacle. Gr.VII, Cl 3X
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
I'm gonna go there this year come hell or high water!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Feb 15, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
I definitely know what yer talkin' about.Been lookin' at that fer a while.No knowledge about it though.Let me know what ya find.
Banquo

climber
Amerricka
Feb 15, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Had a crappy camera on that hike.

Credit: Banquo
Credit: Banquo
Credit: Banquo
Credit: Banquo
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
I like the looks of Whitney Portal Buttress in that last shot - it's the big fin in the background that almost mimicks the pinnacle except that it leans in the opposite direction - the left skyline of it tapers right - have never seen it from there.

Banquo; Was it a hike? You must be on east ridge. Thanks! Looks off-width to maybe full chimney?
Banquo

climber
Amerricka
Feb 15, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
The NE ridge is no harder than five.fun. Some exposure in spots but nothing extreme. We had a rope and small rack. Since we had a rope, we eventually tied in. While roped we mostly simulclimbed on a doubled half rope setting a piece when it felt right to do so. We did rappel once but another way might be found. Car to car took us more than a day. We summited and descended the Meysan Lakes trail. Since there is no water up there in August, we started off loaded with two days water and food.

We left the car at 10 AM and the last shot above was taken at 3 PM. I am not particularly fast.

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Credit: Banquo
Looking down route at the Alabama Hills
Looking down route at the Alabama Hills
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crøtch

climber
Feb 15, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Is that The Pulpit? If so, I've been told there's a 5.8 route up it. I tried to climb it once, but got bogged down in the approach.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
Nice. Have always wondered what it would be like to just wander up the East Face of Lone Pine Pk. Here's a slab on the north side of the North Ridge - was doing some artful scanning today.
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That is from this
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krahmes

Social climber
Stumptown
Feb 15, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
We called it the torch..
The Torch
The Torch
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I followed Myles up it a couple of years ago now...
A bit wide
A bit wide
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Old and fat
Old and fat
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 15, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Didn't Shakespeare write a play about this pinnacle?
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Alrighty then! That's Awesome! So the bit wide shot looks like the back side. Reilly, it was the Much Ado about nothing play. Did you try to do a route up to it that has merit? Photos? I Vant more photos!
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 15, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
Hi Dan, I've done that NE Ridge, but there was a lot of snow and stuff so we took a pass on the pinnacle. AS I recall it's called the onlooker or overseer or some such thing.

I'd go back up there anytime.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
From where I sit in my armchair, I've almost had enough of this one already. I mean as far as actually climbing it.......better get a smiley face in here so you know I'm kidding.... :>)

I remember the Onlooker name now that you mention it. Alright, so let's put it on the list.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 15, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
That NE Ridge is a great climb. A bit of a slog getting up to the good stuff but then it is nice exposed climbing all the way up.

Per the earlier post we did one rap as well and I cannot say if there is a reasonable way around that. We were in danger of electrocution at the moment and did the rap fast and ducked down the S side of the ridge.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Feb 15, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
How about this one?





DMT
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Sorry Dingus - that won't do. What is it though?

This thread has worked out so well I'll ask if anyone has climbed the bowl of the East Face. There's such a huge amount of rock in there - like a Clouds Rest amount - seems like it would be an amazing ocean of rock experience. That's what I've always wanted to do - just be surrounded by all of that rock in there! Stone me!
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