East Side of Pinnacles or West Side of Pinnacles?

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Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 5, 2017 - 09:52pm PT
Which do you prefer, and why?


Which would you take a new-to-Pinns climber to first (not a new climber, but new to Pinnacles)?


In my own personal likes and dislikes, I've probably had more better days on the West and High Pikes than days I've had at East Side. Lack of climbers on the West. FA ops on the West. Camping, in the old days, on the West. Tall rocks on the West. High Peaks have that alpine feel with great views and fun climbs. Sh#t loads of adventure at any grade.

East has hard stone and some quality stone, the Fern Chamber and many things to test oneself on, but it just doesn't have the character of the West. Think Feed The Beast, Ubermensch, and Cantaloupe Death.


Walking in to the East is like walking into Joshua Tree. Walking into the West is like walking into Yosemite Valley. Both easy to love, but for different reasons.



Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 5, 2017 - 09:54pm PT
Lived on the east side...liked the west side for it's more isolated feel. Too many people on east side during prime time.

I guess the classic The Unmentionable(C*#k Rock) is just as approachable from both sides? Have to take them on that one just for photo ops.
F'ueco

Boulder climber
Peoples Republic Of Boulder
Dec 5, 2017 - 09:57pm PT
I like the more isolated nature of the West Side, as well as the drive through that happenin' place, Soledad...

I've got scars on my legs from some of those adventures. The approach to ¡Cuidado! comes to mind....

That said, I like the East Side as well, but it's been longer since I've been over there.
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2017 - 10:02pm PT
Jody, Unmentionable is definitely shorter from East Side. You may be thinking of Photographer's Delight being equidistant in the high peaks?

Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2017 - 10:03pm PT
F'ueco, where would you take an experienced climber that hasn't been before?

or would you at all? ;)
F'ueco

Boulder climber
Peoples Republic Of Boulder
Dec 5, 2017 - 10:06pm PT
Sorry, I missed that part...

I'd probably take an experienced climber to the West Side. Maybe Balconies, Flumes, Game Show Wall, depending on what they were after.
F'ueco

Boulder climber
Peoples Republic Of Boulder
Dec 5, 2017 - 10:06pm PT
And no, I probably won't be taking anyone there anytime soon. It's a bit far away these days... :)
Inner City

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Dec 5, 2017 - 10:12pm PT
Munge,
Your opinion is the same as mine. The open, less crowded and high-Peak feeling of the West Side is better for the first time visitor I think.

High quality camping back in the day too.

East side has it's charms but West Side is more beautiful.

Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 6, 2017 - 06:56am PT
Rob, you're right, although both are great for photographers. :)
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Dec 6, 2017 - 07:18am PT
Who climbs Desperado Shootout anymore?

We used to bring beginners to the Westside for their first outing. Second was the Discovery Wall classics. Third was High Peaks. Then starting longer routes on the Westside.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 6, 2017 - 07:29am PT
Clinker, I remember when you were just getting started out climbing. You probably started with the hard stuff if I remember correctly. When was that? Mid 70's?
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 6, 2017 - 09:15am PT
West side has a more wild feel... but the best times I've had are not actually climbing- but hiking the loop up to the peaks when my kids were little, and hiking from the east to the west with them, playing in the creek, catching fat lizards, and exploring the caves. Both of these we camped and started walking from east side.

The high and airy possibilities on the west side are more appealing for me as a climber.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Dec 6, 2017 - 12:34pm PT
Who climbs Desperado Shootout anymore?

I remembering doing an early ascent of Desperado Shootout in 1974 just after the Richards' guidebook describing it came out. The pitch with no belay anchors didn't faze us at all. I just sat down and started taking in rope. It was the Pinnacles after all and 'normal' rules of climbing didn't apply:-)
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Dec 6, 2017 - 12:49pm PT
I've never been to the Pinnacles (don't even know where they are lol) but I thought maybe you guys could help me with this. Someone told me the pinnacles are a result of being blasted hundreds of miles from a SoCal volcano, not exfoliated in place. Is this true?
Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2017 - 12:52pm PT
first condor at Pinns raised in wild took flight today.


Mungeclimber

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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2017 - 12:55pm PT
Jeremy you should definitely visit. Rich history. Yeah, the rock is volcanic breccia.

Maybe JC will chime in with the geo history.

Cobblestones welded into a pinkish matrix of rock that we call mud.
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Dec 6, 2017 - 12:56pm PT
It does look cool, maybe this winter!
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 6, 2017 - 01:02pm PT
Beware taking youngsters there in the summer!

On the way back from some other vacation, we stopped for a quick side-trip to the caves from the west side. It felt pretty hot, but it was just a quick hit and I had one little water bottle and no pack. After a few hundred yards, the kids were melting down, all red-faced and fatigued, I had my daughter on my shoulders and I was pouring our drinking water on the kids' heads heads and inside hats to cool them off. We did make it to the caves and back, but turns out it was 106 degrees. We've since done other hot weather hiking days (e.g. Angels Landing in Zion when it was about 104), but somehow that one time in Pinnacles westside stands out as a family trauma. It's a joke whenever we drive by 101 in the summer now... "hey guys, want to go for a hike in Pinnacles?" :)
aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Dec 6, 2017 - 01:18pm PT
Machete Direct.... nuff said.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 6, 2017 - 04:17pm PT
I've always liked the West Side. Used to be a primitive campground there with coyotes passing through at night and frost on the sleeping bags in the morning. Short approaches to a myriad of climbs of all difficulties and lengths. A few wonderful climbs along the ridge trail if you know where to look. And these days------very few people.
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