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rhyang

climber
SJC
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 23, 2011 - 01:14am PT
Over the years I've been reading about routes on this thing .. Secor lists several that sound like fun. So far I know the following :

 8-10 mile approach from Wishon reservoir to Geraldine Lake
 two ropes needed for the rappel off the summit

Sounds like doubles of mid-sized cams would be good for some routes ?

Thanks for any info !
-Rob
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Aug 23, 2011 - 01:22am PT
Rob, Nurse Ratchet knows some beta probably. Do you have a way to reach her? If not let me know.

When you going?

May be at Hoffman in September, just around the corner.

Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 23, 2011 - 01:23am PT
It's a great rock. Long walk, though. Many great rocks have that feature.
Meh. Amazing to share with a friend or two, though.
You'll have a blast. Bring an imaginative kit.

Hey, how many Rob's are there, anyway? LOL.
The Council of Robs? I never dreamed it possible.
Send

climber
Central Sierras
Aug 23, 2011 - 01:56am PT
I've read some about that rock. Lots of chickenheads.....extra slings maybe helpful.
em kn0t

Trad climber
isle of wyde
Aug 23, 2011 - 02:26am PT
HI Rob (also PM'd you with this message)

Obelisk: beautiful featured and chicken-headed golden granite. Do it!

Bruce and I made one trip to the Obelisk; the approach we took was more like 17 miles and we were bugged by roaming herds of range cattle several times. We bivied partway there, then moved camp to a meadow just above and west of the Obelisk before climbing the next day. Watch out for loose rock and consider carefully before climbing below another team. We were hit by fragments of a huge block accidently trundled by a team far above us...which put a crack in my (thank god I was wearing) helmet and big bruises on Bruce's back. The only other team in the area that weekend and we were on adjacent routes. (DUH!)

Rap off the backside to an upper saddle. As I recall it's partly free-hanging rappel with an intermediate station so recommend you tie knots in ends of rope.

You should consider coming to Hoffman Mountain too (not to be confused with Mt. Hoffmann in Yosemite; this is a different peak, just south of Wishon Reservoir) -- I call it the "Obelisk Lite", it's very similar rock to the Obelisk, with shorter routes but the approach is a LOT shorter so you can easily hike in and climb a route or two on the same day. Finger Rock is just a bit farther east and also has similar rock and similar formation to the Obelisk.

http://www.summitpost.org/finger-rock/490043

http://www.summitpost.org/hoffman-mountain/225486

"Obelisk Lite"  the South Face of Hoffman Mt.
"Obelisk Lite" the South Face of Hoffman Mt.
Credit: em kn0t

Mungeclimber leads the crux first pitch on FA of The Burninator, III 5...
Mungeclimber leads the crux first pitch on FA of The Burninator, III 5.10c, on Hoffman Mt., Sept 2008. The steep dihedral in the background is Seems Holy, 5.9+, FA 2004 Allen Steck, Brutus & Em of Wyde.
Credit: em kn0t

Let's go climbing!
Em

PS apologies for thread drift but I got jazzed thinking of Hoffman. {Happy Birthday Brutus, wherever you're climbing now}. xox
rhyang

climber
SJC
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2011 - 08:49am PT
Awesome info, thanks Em !!
dfinnecy

Social climber
'stralia
Sep 27, 2011 - 09:04am PT
Captain...or Skully writes:

Amazing to share with a friend or two, though.
You'll have a blast. Bring an imaginative kit.

That is just beautiful. An imaginative kit. Does Fish sell those?
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Aug 22, 2017 - 04:32pm PT
Is the approach mellow? As in do it C2C?
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Aug 22, 2017 - 04:37pm PT
It's mellow as far as Hiking in the mountains goes, but it's still 10+ miles each way. The big time eater might be navigation. I haven't been there this year but last time I went the Rough Fire and cow trails made it tough to stay on trail in the dark.

Long story short, do it as a day trip and then let us know! :)

Credit: limpingcrab
Possibly my favorite climbing spot ever.
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Aug 22, 2017 - 04:53pm PT
thanks, limpingcrab. Good advice! I heard yesterday that it was only 7 miles, but the source wasn't really sure.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 22, 2017 - 05:49pm PT
JR.... Its easy to get lost. I did meet a packer once out there- she told me "the best way to get to here (about one mile from the Oblesk)is from "the Stables" ..... I take it she was referring to the pack outfit working out of Wishon. "only about 3 hours..." that surprised me because I took a whole day hiking up Ranchera Creek and going maybe the extra mile or two. We never went to Geraldene Lake.

Im still wondering about the famous "JeepTrail".... anybody ever do that?



Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Aug 22, 2017 - 07:05pm PT
Thanks Guy! Ok if both you and Daniel are saying it's easy to get lost ill not try it in a day. But ill tell everyone I did...



Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 22, 2017 - 07:22pm PT
Why I read Supertopo aka? [WIRST] ?

or WRIST for us dyslexics.
ec

climber
ca
Aug 25, 2017 - 10:34am PT
'Been up the keep trail towards Spanish Lakes; serious crawling & pulling the mirrors in. This was in a 4x4 truck. Me thinks s small UTV is most appropriate, having witnessed some up there. That approach is much shorter walking-wise. BTW, the Obelisk is in Kings, not Sequoia, I believe.

 ec
two-shoes

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
Aug 25, 2017 - 03:59pm PT
I believe, the Rancheria Creek trailhead is the best trailhead to use. The southern most route which takes you alongside Statum Creek and through Statum meadow seems to roll the best. Camp within close striking distance, probably only a quarter mile or so to the west, of the Obelisk alongside a small creek.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 25, 2017 - 05:33pm PT
Two shoes..... thats exactly what we did.

This is really a fine place to hang and climb, we climbed it 2 times and had my ass kicked on Hands of Fate. ( Al Bartlett route ) still a #10 hex placed to backed off of I bet.

We climbed what is listed as "Handle With Care" but with a different start, when I found the "200 foot crack" I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

//https://www.mountainproject.com/v/handle-with-care/107741250[/url]

Go climb it!!
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Oct 2, 2017 - 07:23pm PT
Many thx. Hoping for an easy approach. I know I'll like the climbing
duffer

Trad climber
Sonora, CA
Oct 2, 2017 - 08:16pm PT
Glad to see that "Handle With Care" is seeing some traffic. I got to lead the whole thing on the FA and named it after one of the guys snapped off a couple of tiny knobs along the amazing hand crack. So many knobs that it is really face climbing with crack pro. Go do it!
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Oct 2, 2017 - 10:25pm PT
Hey Dave. we were wondering about the name origin. High on the list. Would love to climb 2 shoes route wasabi man too.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Oct 3, 2017 - 06:58am PT
A friend did it as a dayhike from Wishon, it's possible.
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