East Side of Pinnacles or West Side of Pinnacles?

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mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Dec 6, 2017 - 06:07pm PT
I like the Eastside way better then the westside, but i am a sport weeny and like chipping bolts Lol :-), plus at the Pinnacles I need The Verdict for a warm up Lol,I love the Eastside :-) happy climbing Mike A.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 6, 2017 - 06:34pm PT
Went to the Eastside with my grandson, who lives in Hollister, the day after Thanksgiving. Neat place but definetly not a destination.
TLP

climber
Dec 6, 2017 - 06:35pm PT
NutAgain: Dude! BBQed in the Pinnacles, chilled shaken and stirred on the way to Half Dome. Can ya just average it out a bit? :-)
Stephen McCabe

Trad climber
near Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 6, 2017 - 10:28pm PT
What they say in Wikipedia sounds like what we told people when I worked there long ago. It also matches a thesis that was written about the place:
"Neenach Volcano is an extinct Miocene volcano in the Coastal Ranges of California. The volcano was split by a fault in the San Andreas fault system, and over the last 23 million years, the two halves of the volcano have moved about 200 miles apart.

The original volcano formed about 23 million years ago.[1] It formed along a fault in the San Andreas fault system. Through tectonic plate motion, the western half of the volcano moved north at about 1.5 cm per year.[2] During the course of this movement the volcano also eroded away to the minor formations visible today." The western half of the volcanic rock is the Pinnacles. The Eastern half, near Neenach, doesn't have the topography of the Pinnacles.
bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Dec 7, 2017 - 09:26am PT
less posing on the west side
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2017 - 11:21am PT
"definetly not a destination"


Jim, why do you say that? Not big enough? Perceived rock quality?

Was destination enough for Jim T and Chris Sharma on Ubermensch?
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 7, 2017 - 12:00pm PT
One of Salathe's most famous(arguably) FA was on the east side.

Bridwell made several FA's there including the park's first 5.10.

socialclimber

climber
CA
Dec 7, 2017 - 12:11pm PT
Jim, bet you a dinner with good beer I could change your mind about Pinns being a destination... to be clear, this would entail a day of climbing...

Electric Blue 11a - Kiritz Photo
Electric Blue 11a - Kiritz Photo
Credit: socialclimber

Foreplay 11b - Kiritz Photo
Foreplay 11b - Kiritz Photo
Credit: socialclimber

Cosmos 11b - Dodrill Photo - climber Val Hooper
Cosmos 11b - Dodrill Photo - climber Val Hooper
Credit: socialclimber

Cuidado 10c - Coury Photo
Cuidado 10c - Coury Photo
Credit: socialclimber

Charles
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Dec 7, 2017 - 12:18pm PT
West Side for sure, much "better" aid "climbing"
hellroaring

Trad climber
San Francisco
Dec 7, 2017 - 02:55pm PT
If I could have experienced the West side when camping was allowed hat would have made the choice much more apparent. Guess I would still say West side because of the big formations & less people. However, East side mid week is pretty sparse too, and all the smaller stuff spread through out makes it feel other worldly. One of my favorite "heads up" climbs, the Salathe route on The Hand is on the east side, also the only FA I've ever had the pleasure of participating in, is there. Yet I think
I'd still lean toward the West side. Just wish you could still camp there.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 7, 2017 - 03:21pm PT
Wow socialclimber...didnít see anything that looked like that! Methinks the offering on MP is rather sparse.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 7, 2017 - 03:25pm PT
Jim, the route in socialclimber's first photo is on this formation in the background.

Zay

climber
Monterey, Ca
Dec 7, 2017 - 03:25pm PT
West Side of Pinnacles is why I am a climber. Used to climb gym only, and fell out after losing interest. One day, girlfriend says, "Ever been to Pinnacles?" ... "No, heard it's cool though." ... "Me neither, I hear there's caves and bats and sh#t." ... Oh man, after looking up at the high peaks from the West side lot, and then hiking along Machete Ridge and The Balconies... So inspiring! All I could think was, "You can climb these things? That's legal???" Next day I was wondering back into Sanctuary, hell bent on getting in shape and making friends to teach me the real stuff. East side is awesome too, but the memories of learning to place cams while on the last pitch of Machete Direct, watching the crack crumble and absorb 'em like a sponge... sheepishly looking up at the face of middle tower looming over me, saying to it, "Please don't collapse on me..."
That is why I climb!
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 7, 2017 - 03:27pm PT




About 600' up:





Final two pitches on Machete's west face(find the three climbers):



Looking up from inside the Balconies Caves

mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Dec 7, 2017 - 04:57pm PT

...didnít see anything that looked like that! Methinks the offering on MP is rather sparse.

HAHAHAHAHA. Geeesusss.

I love Mountain Project. For an idea what a place might be like. In depth? Hahahahahaha. Not to mention the "garbage-in garbage-out" factor. Half the people that post there can't tell left from right.

Of all the people who make the Supertopo forum a rich and worthwhile site, Jim's about the last one I would have expected that quote to come from.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 7, 2017 - 05:04pm PT
Well...I wasn't going to get a guidebook for one day with my grandson and MP was an option...ended up going to the Discovery Wall. Those pics up thread certainly look better than what I found there.
I agree that the route comments on MP are usually best left unread.
socialclimber

climber
CA
Dec 7, 2017 - 05:04pm PT
Jody,
That snow pic is amazing, High Peaks?

Charles
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Dec 7, 2017 - 05:05pm PT
Credit: clinker

I like climbing all over Pinns.

Cool photos guys!
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Dec 7, 2017 - 05:14pm PT
social, the snow pic is the balconies from near the base of Machete Ridge. Here is another Pinnacles snow pic:

BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Dec 7, 2017 - 05:16pm PT
Jim,

Socialclimber's first photo, Electric Blue, is the water streak 15 feet left of Higgins' classic Shake and Bake.
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