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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 15, 2008 - 11:27am PT
Goodrich Pinnacle. Don Goodrich was killed while attempting the first ascent of the west face of Mount Conness, a peak in the high Sierra. As a tribute to him, an 800-foot exfoliation slab on Glacier Point Apron in Yosemite Valley was named “Goodrich Pinnacle.” An excellent but very difficult free-climbing route goes up the east side of this formation. On May 30 T. M. Herbert, my wife Liz, and I made a new route up the west side. This is perhaps the most beautiful of the many fine routes on Glacier Point Apron. The problems are challenging, but never harrowing. And, although one must risk a long fall in two places, it’s not a death-defying matter. The result of a slip in these places would be 30 to 50 feet of rolling and bouncing down smooth granite slabs. The climber with good technique, good judgment, and experience can manage the climb with a quite reasonable degree of safety. Despite some of the severest friction climbing in the country, and some poorly protected leads, the west side of Goodrich was repented five times in the summer of 1964. This fact testifies to the quick growth of this route’s reputation as an exciting climb on exccllcnt rock, Tahquitz-like in places. It also indicates the large number of extremely competent climbers frequenting the Valley these days. On the fourth pitch one must make some delicate moves 20 feet above a piton. For half an hour I made repeated starts here, carefully backing down each time until I had the combination worked out. After that the problem was to control the emotions so they did not interfere with the technique. Higher, TM led the crux pitch, a traverse as delicate as any I have seen. We placed 16 pitons and 3 bolts. NCCS III, F10. Route description Start around corner from east route. 60 feet of roped scrambling leads to a good ledge with stunted Douglas firs. 2nd pitch: follow a flake up right to second good ledge. Move right and straight up to large broken area. 3rd pitch: ascend gully 60 feet to small ledge on left. 4th pitch: follow crack leading up left to small ledge, then climb right side of flake and traverse left to shallow ledge. Move diagonally right 20 feet to flake. Wander up face to first bolt. 5th pitch: move right, then climb up to ledge. Traverse right to bolt. Climb up to ledge, then move up left to third bolt. 6th pitch: traverse left to near skyline, and go straight up. Last two pitches ascend chimney on right. Allow 4 to 6 hours for ascent, one to two hours for descent (rappel).

Royal Robbins [url="http://www.americanalpineclub.org/AAJO/pdfs/1965/402_USA_aaj1965.pdf#search=%22Yosemite%22"]AAJ 1965 p417[/url]
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2008 - 11:28am PT
this is for Goodrich Pinnacle, Right Side
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 15, 2008 - 11:39am PT
I did Goodrich left side with Steve Wunsch waybackwhen, but never tried the right.
Someone have some modern impressions to complement Royal's description?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 16, 2008 - 09:58am PT
There was a good thread on this last year:

http://supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=578909&msg=704216#msg704216

Both sides are really good routes and people should go do them. I guess I should add that as with all Apron routes especially, special care should be taken with rappel anchors. The lower angle nature of the Apron causes slings, bolts and pins to have a harder life than steep routes.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 16, 2008 - 10:10am PT
Thanks, Peter, I hadn't noticed the earlier thread.
Jim Pettigrew

Social climber
Crowley Lake, CA
Nov 16, 2008 - 10:49am PT
Luke Freeman & I spent a lot of time on the "Apron", in the eary 70's. Our goal eventually became to do all of the pinnacle routes up there eventually finding our way all the way to top of the apron. We climbed in klettershhoes or some knock offs, then the EBs came out makeing slab climbing on the apron one or pts. easier!

Robbins description is as good as it gets cuz that was the route description we followed. Rope's guide was all we had to work out those routes.

JP
Roger Brown

climber
Oceano, California
Nov 16, 2008 - 02:38pm PT
Ed,
Thanks for posting the TR. This is one of the routes we worked on this summer. Of the 13 bolts found only 4 were replaced. 2 were determined to be 1st ascent protection bolts and the other 2 were at belay anchor/rap stations and were very old. (1/4" bolts with Leeper hangers) I was the only one there that day, so I made the call. That is the way it usually is when you run into a problem. You hope you made the right call and research the thing when you get home. This was one of only two routes we found this season with a bunch of added bolts. If I took the time to research the routes we plan to work on each season it would sure make things a lot simpler:-) Its a nice feeling to find a route unchanged, except for the deteriorated fixed gear, since the first ascent. I got that feeling over on "Goodrich Left". In fact, I got to experience that feeling a lot this season:-)
Roger Brown
DJS

Trad climber
Mar 19, 2009 - 08:57pm PT
Bump
DJS

Trad climber
Mar 19, 2009 - 09:03pm PT
Bump
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Mar 19, 2009 - 10:08pm PT
There is a plaque commemerating Mr Goodrich bolted to MT Conness near the Harding rte, I must have a photo somewhere.
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Mar 19, 2009 - 10:39pm PT
Can't remember much of anything any more but did either Coonyard or Goodrich back in the mid to late 90's. We were clearly the first party in a looong time to do it judging from the huge piles of detritus we encountered. We damn near needed a shovel at times. Some of the anchors were in pretty horrifying shape. We rapped berrry gingerly.

ps
I'm digging the new climbing oriented Taco Stand!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 19, 2009 - 11:02pm PT
hey there ed... say, thanks for the history... i never knew this, as most non-climber wounldn't....

this would make a good post, perhaps, "the men's life's behind the famouse first routess"

not to make light of their life being lost, but so folks would understand the heart of main route... and what it cost...


thanks for sharing how the goodrich pinncacle was named...
your quote:

"Goodrich Pinnacle. Don Goodrich was killed while attempting the first ascent of the west face of Mount Conness, a peak in the high Sierra. As a tribute to him, an 800-foot exfoliation slab on Glacier Point Apron in Yosemite Valley was named “Goodrich Pinnacle.”
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Mar 20, 2009 - 12:13am PT
I went up there to do the right side. I had just bail off my first wall attempt. The wind was howling. We got about half way up and I talked my partner into bailing. I had major snail eye. We start to setup the rappel and these two mid fiftys guys climb past us. Total casual outing for them.
Zeebro
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Mar 20, 2009 - 11:38am PT
I did the right side with Watusi & Galen Kirkwood way back in 1977 or so. We continued on to the Oasis, spent the night (damned snafflehounds stole the apples right from under my head) and forged on up to the rim the next day. Gets weird wandering out left and up from the Oasis, I wonder how long it's been since anyone's gone that way? Made a good first "Grade V" for someone who doesn't really climb aid.

I've been contemplating going back to the R Side of Goodrich on a trip to the Valley this May, that's more or less in the "safe-ish" realm on the Apron these days, isn't it?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Mar 21, 2009 - 01:57am PT
Great description. When worded well, I can see the climb in the minds eye and either goes on my to do list or on the maybe list. Thanks for taking the time to post. I could never look up all the grate thread info on mi own. Not enough hours in the day/week/year. climb on ... Peace
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 21, 2009 - 02:10pm PT
Goodrich Pinnacle was also the scene of another fateful tragedy involving this young man, Ernie Milburn.



Chuck and Ernie were solid partners before the accident and it lead directly to the formation of the Kroger/Davis team. The rest, as they say, is history.

John Rawlings' and Glen Denny's, The Stanford Alpine Club 1999, had this to say about the transition:



All for the price of a runner! Simply tragic.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Mar 24, 2009 - 01:25am PT
Yes I remember that dreadful day Ernie
died, and Bridwell and a bunch of us were
summoned and ran over to the Apron. I never
saw Bridwell so horrified. He turned white
literally when he reached the ledge 30 feet
up where Ernie had landed after falling. I
helped carry the bag down... I've spoken
in another thread about that rescue and all that...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 26, 2009 - 10:06am PT
Any idea on which thread you posted the rescue tale? I missed it first time around.
Fluoride

Trad climber
Hollywood, CA
Mar 26, 2009 - 02:52pm PT
I did Goodrich Right with an amazing partner back in '04. Great route. Super heady in places.

And bring along a windbreaker. Damn it got cold up there fast when the winds started kicking up.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Apr 3, 2009 - 03:21am PT
oh whoa, missed this thread, but was just reading about the route. nice to see it.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 9, 2009 - 12:08pm PT
Bump!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 9, 2009 - 07:12pm PT
Interesting stuff. Died for a runner - sad.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:29am PT
Here is the post where Pat told a brief story of the (June 20, 1968) body recovery of Ernie Milburn and the rescue of his partner, with Jim Bridwell and Mike Covington:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=415031&msg=419969#msg419969

And here are some registry entries from the Chuck Kroger / Ernie Milburn team on Sentinel Rock:

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:44am PT
I did the right side in the 80's with T. Burke. The first attempt we got rained off after about 4-5 pitches. Usual July thunder storms. Had to actually "sprint" for the anchors before there was too much water. I got off route and had to take a 40 foot slider because I couldn't reverse the moves. Got blisters on my palms from the slide :-)

Next day we started early and finished.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:47am PT
Pat's story of the rescue/recovery:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=498230&msg=502781#msg502781
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:52am PT
The Goodrich plaque:
Goodrich Plaque
Goodrich Plaque
Credit: Summit Post Website
(Credit: http://www.summitpost.org/harding-route-goodrich-memorial-plaque/548277);
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jun 22, 2011 - 01:52am PT
I've done the right side dozens and dozens of times.

I would actually hate to on-site that fifth pitch again with only old stacked piton in one place for Pro, but those days, barring amnesia, are over.

Even after dozens of ascents, I actually fell on the fifth pitch once. It was around dawn and we are in a hurry to climb all the way to the rim vehicle like a hitchhiker. I stepped too far to the right and slipped on some gritty ball bearings on the rock, slid about 25 feet.

Peace

Karl
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 03:02am PT
There is a good topo of the climbing above Goodrich on Karl's site:
http://memweb.newsguy.com/%7Eclimbing/Galactic%20HitchhikerTopo.html
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 03:10am PT
People should be doing the left side too. The amazing down-traverse flake before the roof is gone making the climb maybe harder and less interesting up to that point since the route changed but the roof pitch is just incredible---one of the most exciting pitches I have ever done and it is only 5.9; really unusual for the Apron too. I did it back in 1965 when I was in high school. And the right side in 1971 with Mark Feldman (?) from Oregon/PacNorWest. I would stress too that the right side is really pretty!
Branscomb

Trad climber
Lander, WY
Jun 22, 2011 - 11:36am PT
I did Goodrich Pinnacle, Right with a guy named Tony Jewell in 1975. Remember it was a pretty neat route. I squeaked off on a long 5.9 friction pitch up there and slid about ten feet or so. Remember it was pretty led out in places but I don't remember it as being terribly scary. We continued to Oasis and rapped to Monday Morning Slab from there. It was a neat day.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jun 22, 2011 - 12:05pm PT
I tried this with Anne back in 1982, but bailed after just 3 leads due to the heat. It's still "on my list," and would love to get this one done before my time is up...

I really love climbing on the Apron, but the rockfall has me a bit spooked these days.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jun 22, 2011 - 04:29pm PT
Riley-

I'll be getting in better shape...if Summer ever arrives! Then, brother...we're on!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
Rodger, you have to take Riley up on this during Facelift. It is pretty much all feet and strategy.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 22, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
I would enjoy giving it a try. Always liked slab climbing, and AFAIK I haven't already done it.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jun 22, 2011 - 09:53pm PT
Peter-

I had some great days on Apron: Four routes on the Grack (Marginal, Center, left Side, and Right side) and then Patio Pinnacle, Regular Route. I never got around to Angel's Approach on Lucifer's Ledge, but only bailed while getting rained on after doing Point Beyond. I love that slab climbing!

Hope to see you during Facelift!

Rodger
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jun 22, 2011 - 10:56pm PT
I did Goodrich right side in about '78 and then up to the Oasis.
I don't remember any spooky 5.9 slab, just solid climbing all the way. I thought the hardest section was the grass filled cracks in the dihedrals above the top of Goodrich. That was spooky! Very little pro, marginal at best. A beautiful climb.
Then the Oasis. What a magical place. About 11 rapps (thanks for the chains Tom Rohrer) down from the west end of the Oasis past Coonyard. Last 4 or 5 done very carefully in the dark with a plastic flashlight in my teeth. A very memorable climb in beautiful surroundings.
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