North Face, Pohono Pinnacle 5.6


Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 2.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 4-6 hours
Approach time: 45 minutes
Descent time: 1.5 hours
Number of pitches: 6
Height of route: 800'
From Steve Roper's Green Guide: FA: George Sessions and Felix Knauth, August 1958.
Pohono Pinnacle is a small, sharp point located 1,400 feet above the valley floor and directly above the Pharaoh's Beard. Start at the lower right-hand corner of the north face and work up and left via class 4 ledges, class 5 jamcracks and a chimney to the bowl just below and left of the summit. Wander up the bowl, then climb a moderate chimney to the obvious notch behind the pinnacle. A short scramble then leads to the top. Descent via the West Slope.

Ed Hartouni describes the climb: It is a wonderful outing, up crack systems which connect a set of ledges, something like 6 or 7, all the way up to the bowl. The climbing is full on old school 5.6, be prepared for every type and style of 5.6 crack climbing, fingers, hands, offwidth, squeeze and chimney.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: April 29, 2009
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Photo: Ed Hartouni
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