Goodrich Pinnacle, Right, Glacier Point Apron 5.9 R

 
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

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karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
May 31, 2012 - 01:24am
 
All the way to the Oasis was a great adventure. Had a really fun day up there with Riley. Who knew I'd learn to love love slab?
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Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
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   May 30, 2012 - 04:46am
Climbed this again today and continued up to The Oasis.
So cool to climb 2000 feet of slab and climb to the top of such a sweeping sea of Granite.
I was suprised how reasonable the upper pitches are as far as pro. Ironically protected better than Goodrich itself.
We rapped the route this time. I thought this was much better than the alternate left side rap. And a good option if it is late in the day and there are no other parties in the way.
Highly recommend going to the Oasis. Easily in my top ten routes ever.
Next time we go all the way on Galactic Hitchhiker!

We freed the tricky triple bolt 5.9 pitch this time. After you clip the third bolt work your way down on inobvious edges for a few feet into the bowl and easier climbing. Good times!

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han

climber
Aug 7, 2011 - 05:51am
 
SuperTopo is fairly accurate except:

1. The right traversing pitch, after clipped piton will see two new bolts (not on ST) about 20-30 feet to the right and another set 30 feet above (the anchor). There is no .75 but .4-.5 protecting the move above.

2. The 3 tightly bolted 5.9 pitch, maybe it is 5.9 when 10a did not exist. But easy to aid, except going above the last bolt is sleek. Can tension traverse to the left of the bolts to more sticky ground, then long runout to below the chimney, 5.7R is about right.
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PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 12:19am
 
Riley and I did the "Optional Rappel" route as per the ST. We rapped down to the left of the Pinnacle and found the 1st rap anchors. When I made the next rap, I was unable to find the next set. We were rapping with a 70m rope and a 5mm pull cord. I swept left and right and couldn't find them. However, I did find a piton and button head with green webbing up on the side of the pinnacle. It looked too sketch to me, so I swept even further left (about 40'). I was at 200' down on my rope. I did find a pair of anchors, but you'd have to have a 70m rope to get to them. The hangers were bent from rockfall. After bouncing on them, I decided they were acceptable to use. We rapped again and found the next set. I suspect that the correct bolts are either in a very inconspicuous spot or they have been taken out by rock fall.

In short, either rap the route or use a 70m rope with the "optional rap route."
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Riley Wyna

Trad climber
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   Jun 20, 2011 - 06:09am
I thought this route was pure bliss.
Super clean climbing
Thoughtful route finding on run out slab
A mostly natural line
The horizontal finger traverse had me laughing...
Glad to finally get over to the Apron to climb
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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Jun 23, 2009 - 11:03pm
 
Here is a trip report of Goodrich Pinnacle to The Oasis
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=887368
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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Nov 16, 2008 - 01:09pm
 
Here is a great story on the route from Royal Robbins:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=723407
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NinjaChimp

climber
someplace in-between
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   May 25, 2005 - 08:57pm
In regard to the 6th pitch, going up past the third bolt (instead of left) is defintetly a challenge, albeit a pleasant one. I'm gonna say lower end 5.10. Excellant climb, one I would recomend to any confident 5.9 leader. I like this almost as much as Central Pillar of Frenzy.
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Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
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   May 25, 2005 - 05:44pm
As of may 25th 05' a lot of the route is wet slab climbing where you want all the friction you can get so heads up. also as to the traversing 5th pitch: there is a couple of bolts about 15 feet right of the first fixed piton . to re-iterate what chris said, there is no .75 cam to be found after those bolts , you can get a green alien in after the bolts as well as a micronut and that protects very nicely the short 5.9 section up to the next belay.

as for the next pitch: if you clip those three bolts and proceed upward be prepared for 5.9 runouts (maybe harder) not 5.7 . going left after the second bolt may have been easier but if you're doing it this time of year be prepared to get wet.

Overall an awesome route. one more thing. when the route is wet water pools on little ledges and it is impossible to keep ropes dry. by the time we rapped to the ground every inch of our ropes were wet and heavy as well as out shorts . much better route when dry.
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JohnDoe

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Oct 20, 2004 - 02:31pm
 
A really nice line. Four to four and a half stars. Heady - not for inexperienced leaders.

Climb Ohn. Wally
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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Oct 20, 2004 - 12:25pm
 
I just got this beta from a supertopo user:

esterday we climbed Goodrich Pinnacle and noticed a few things you might want to change for the next version:

 

    *Overall, I didn't think the route was comparable to other 5 star routes in the area - perhaps 3 stars would be more accurate?

    *The last pitch is ~170' as opposed to 150' on the topo.  The top belay is a solid slung block.

    *On the crux pitch 5, the RH variation has a bolt that is not marked on the topo(it is located roughly where the .75" cam  

     placement is marked - we did not see this cam placement).  The belay above is comprised of two 1/4 inch bolts that

     probably need a date with ASCA!!).

    *On pitch 6, the topo shows climbing up past 3 bolts, then traversing left to easier ground.  In fact, the easiest line

     steps down from the first bolt, traverses left to more grippy rock, then straight up to the belay - otherwise, it's definitely not

     5.7!!  If I recall correctly, the first bolt is a 1/4 incher and so probably should be replaced.

    *The lowest rappel station(the one you scramble to, down and right along the big ledge), is an old 2 bolt belay(rivets?).  It is      marked as a 90' rappel on the topo but is in fact ~105'.

    *On the 4th pitch, there is a fixed piton about halfway between the bolt and the anchor above.
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DaveR

Trad climber
Chester, UK
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   Sep 24, 2004 - 08:26am
We did the right hand original?/variation? of this route early September, but the climbing above the 3 bolts appeared holdless so we clipped the highest bolt then traversed left(slightly lower) to the arete which was much more amenable for 5.9. It gets progressively easier as you climb away from the bolts.
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Colt45

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
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   Sep 22, 2004 - 02:04am
This route is pretty good, but I wasn't blown away. And if you do the right variation, it's pretty safe. I agree that the closely-bolted section seemed way harder than 5.9, maybe closer to 5.10+ (we just aided it).
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Jerry Anderson

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Yosemite, CA
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   Jun 1, 2003 - 09:39am
Just a quick note:
Going to the right is the original route, the 5.9 r was done later. There was at least one bolt added to the original route by the Galactic Hitchhiker team on p. 6. All bolts are 3/8 but some of the bolts put in by the Hitchhiker team are of questionable quality. Some of those were also replaced but others remain. Do not rappel from p. 4 two p. 2 even though two 60 m ropes will reach. There have been some rope hang epics at that point. Rap to 3 then 2. Every pitch is good to Goodrich but a junk pile to go further.
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August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
May 31, 2003 - 12:56pm
 
I did this route about ten years ago and I unintentionally did the 5.9 no pro variation. It was pretty intense as this was too close to my TRing ability. I thought it was a lot harder than 5.7, but maybe if you follow Karl's advice (above), it could be that easy.

Just repeated it a few days ago and did the right, [relatively] protected variation. Supertopo shows this as 5.9. You can easily make it 5.9 by yarding on bolts and doing a tension traverse on lead (and an easy swing on second), but I sure don't see how it is 5.9 clean. My partner slide a couple of times on second (and eventually had to have a rope swing). We were TRing at the Apron a couple of days before and he was getting up 5.11 friction without falling. And this pitch is 5.9? I don't get it.

As an aside, the three bolts off the anchor are ridiculously close together (three bolts in about ten feet). The second and third are new, the first is old 1/4 inch. This wouldn't have been so bad, but I had to yard on the first to clip the second, and if it blew, it was a ways back down to the anchor.

The previous time I rapped off the left side of G.R. and it went fine. This time we rapped the route. The first rap was hard to pull the ropes. A lot of drag and the chance of a stuck rope. The first rap anchor below the summit (the top of the next to last pitch) leaves something to be desired. All the weight is on an old, 1/4 inch bolt, that is backed up lower down with four old pins. The anchor can be backed up with a so-so stopper in a somewhat hollow flake by using a long sling.

If I come back, I'll probably choose to rap the left side again.

This is a really fun climb, but I would recommend being quite solid on 5.9 friction before getting on it.
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Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
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   May 2, 2003 - 04:31pm
I've done this climb many times and it's a good one. I would caution folks, however, about the run-out on the 5.9 pitch. It's about a 150 foot pitch and the only piece of pro is a rusty baby angle piton which is "stacked" with another pin" The face above is probably only 5.7 but it's only that easy if you go the proper route, which is less than obvious (since the line of weakness is subtle" An alternative is to do the Galactic Hitchhiker variation to the right.

Since you're looking a beta page, I don't mind telling you the line.
Move right from the belay and circle back left on tiny ramps. Look for a tiny black knob for your feet. That will get you to a tiny ledge with the stacked pins. Clip them with a screamer and a long runner!!! From the left side of the little ledge move up and left, passing two quartz dikes. After the second dike, tend up and left but not around the rounded arete until you are just higher than a very slight bulge. The climb to the other side of the arete and up, tending slightly right for another 50 feet to the anchors. Just relax, it's not possitive but if you don't get lost, you won't slide.

The slab shots on this page were taken on goodrich right

http://member.newsguy.com/~climbing/2001_Climbing_Pictures.html

enjoy

Karl
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Glacier Point Apron - Goodrich Pinnacle, Right 5.9 R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
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