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guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 29, 2008 - 01:58pm PT
Obscuritists Unite!

Sentinel Spire circa 1960 ......

Climbed this with Roper and Baldinger, who was a ranger at the time. Got in a bit of trouble with the Park Service on this one. Appears there were major complaints about "excessive and prolonged rock fall emanating from the area".

Having clambered over numerous terrains with Roper on many occasions I can well appreciate your fascination with the remote and obscure. I remember one hilarious time when we were lost in an area we had been numerous times. He wrote the friggin guide and we were lost.


Barbarian

Trad climber
all bivied up on the ledge
Oct 29, 2008 - 02:44pm PT
Wow! Almost forgot about this one. I did this back in June 1980. It ws kind of chossy. Yvonne (my English partner) thought it was great. Loved the hummock climbing.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 29, 2008 - 02:46pm PT
nice guido! Gary and I spied that spire on our Circular Staircase jaunt...

to paraphrase some rock climbing advert: "if you aren't getting lost, you aren't having an adventure!"

The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Oct 29, 2008 - 02:51pm PT
Super cool Sentinel Spire photo. Somebody's got a good eye.

Got any more from that era?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 29, 2008 - 04:05pm PT
Oh yeh, working on one right now.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Oct 29, 2008 - 05:46pm PT
where's DRC?, he's been talking up the hummocks all summer (discretely of course) and trying to get me to do this route. maybe it's time!
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
May 30, 2009 - 09:42pm PT
Anybody who has done CB must have experienced the Alligator Lizards? W. Shipley had a great story - "snapping at me". Lets hear yours....
mucci

Trad climber
sf ca
May 31, 2009 - 12:12am PT
Bertrand, let me know when you want to go I'm down. DrC still has some problems with THC, otherwise known as Technical Hummock Climbing. He will most likely be seen at the Alcove Swing with his cheap ass Mammoth Mammory brew 18 pk right along side the "Pony" Tennies.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 31, 2009 - 09:40am PT
from the Sentinel Rock/Sentinel Dome notch, a picture in profile from the west...



Sentinel Spire
I, 5.5, Warren Harding and George Whitmore. June 1954. First free ascent unknown. Seen from Camp 4, this is the spectacular spire which appears to rise from the left skyline of Sentinel Rock, fairly near the top. Actually, the pinnacle is situated on a massif separated from Sentinel by an enormous gap. From Sentinel Dome drop onto the Pohono Trail and follow it west until it is possible to walk out toward Sentinel. A few dropoffs can be navigated 3rd class. After reaching the enormous gap, turn east and walk down a sloping ledge which ends in a notch just west of the spire. Climb easy rock for 40 feet, then work up and right around the south side of the rock. The last bit ascends shallow cracks on the east face.

Steve Roper Climber's Guide to Yosemite Valley page 211, 1971
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