What Are These Spires in Tenaya Canyon?

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PellucidWombat

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 23, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
My knowledge of geography in that area is a bit hazy, but I believe they are forming off of Watkins? Names? Routes? History? They sure are cool :-)



matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Oct 23, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Watkins Pinnacles. Several routes up them.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 23, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
Yeah. . . Watkins. . . ummmmm. . .what are they called, damnit?

Yeah. . . just plain Watkins Pinnacles.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 23, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
2061. Watkins Gully FA: Robin Hansen, Fritz Lippmann, Rolf Pundt, 9/1946
2062. Upper Watkins Pinnacle FA: Al Baxter, Ulf Ramm-Ericson, Rupert Gates, 5/1947
FFA: Joe Oliger, Wayne Hildebrand, Steve Roper, 1961
2063. Middle Watkins Pinnacle FA: Al Baxter, Rupert Gates, 12/1946
2064. Lower Watkins Pinnacle FA: Mark Powell, Herb Swedlund, Wally Reed, George Sessions, Merle Alley, 7/1957
2065. Lower Watkins Pinnacle Direct FA: Tucker Tech, Walt Shipley, 1991
2066. Watkins Pinnacles - from Tenaya Canyon FA: Gary Hemming, Dick Long, Jim Wilson, Larry Lackey, 5/1958
2067. The Twisted Road FA: Paul Turecki, Kristin Kremer, Greg Collins, 10/03
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Oct 23, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
So cool , Yosemite never ceases to surprise ...
squishy

Mountain climber
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
This album shows the area well (not my pics) Looks awesome out there.
http://www.qitnl.com/v/122311/yosemite122311-090.jpg.html
PellucidWombat

Mountain climber
Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
Thanks Squishy! That album has some great photos.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 26, 2013 - 01:56am PT
Those shots of Watkins Pinnacles - as great as they are - happen to be taken from the west. The real impressive side of Watkins Pinnacles faces toward the east and has a bunch of steep multi-pitch crack climbs. Has anyone done any of those, Clint? Or is that most recent FA from your list, "Twisted Road", on the east facing side of WPs? If there are no routes on the east side of WPs, there sure ought to be.
avid

Trad climber
Colorado Springs
Oct 28, 2013 - 01:10am PT
Wow, definitely great photos in that album
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 28, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
Bruce,

Yes, The Twisted Road is on the east side of the Watkins Pinnacles.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 28, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
Twisted Road must be a crack climb if it's on the east side of Watkins Pinnacles. Number of pitches, rating, rack?
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Oct 28, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
Man on man, climbing is pretty low on my radar right now, but I still feel that rush of competitive panic when someone else chirps about the "super secret project" I've been nursing for years. And damn wombat, with the stuff you look at it's like you're a brother from another mother. When you organized that talk with Les about Hidden Chimney I had been foaming at the mouth over plans to unearth this lost gem, and I couldn't believe that someone else was bringing it to light.

Carry on dude, I'm glad to see you are out there getting stuff done!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 28, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
The route from Tenaya Canyon always interested me. How can a climb with a pitch called "Air flight delight" not at least generate some interest? The FA party made it clear that it was a no-hands dyno, done in the 1950's.

John
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 28, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
1831. The Twisted Road 5.11c, 19p, 7p slabs L of HLS, 12p SE arete of UprWatPin
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Oct 28, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
HLS?
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Oct 28, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Hook, Line, and sinker on Watkins proper.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 28, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
A topo, Clint? Seemed like there was a lot still to do on that side of Watkins Pinnacles. Pic? Intriguing.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 28, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
I have a topo. Here's my best overlay guess, using the topo:
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 28, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Sure looks like there are some other corner cracks up there around Pitch 10-11. Bet there's another route on that side of Watkins Pinnacles to grab. Thanks for the pic, Clint. It refreshes my memory.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Watkins Gully FA: Robin Hansen, Fritz Lippmann, Rolf Pundt, 9/1946
Has this even been repeated? And borrowing gDavis nice photo of it.
WBraun

climber
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
I've never done Watkins Pinnacle but I've been to the base probably more the 10 times just swimming around in the pools back there.

So peaceful back there and never cared to climb.

Clint your photo with the route "Twisted Road" looks really cool ......
Mr_T

Trad climber
Northern California
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
So does Twisted Road not have that annoying 5 pitch slog up? Looks like a great 1 day line.
WBraun

climber
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
The bottom is low angle slabs you can run up in minutes ......
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Dec 20, 2013 - 03:53am PT
Granted, the approach is an issue. QITNL's phote(s) of the west side (Watkins Pinnacle out of frame to the right) ...
QITNL

climber
Dec 20, 2013 - 05:22am PT
Thanks for the shout out. I got a bunch of stuff from this year I should put on the web, but I'm not feeling it. Big rocks are sacred.
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