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Ascent of Pinnacle Peak on 2019-07-06

Climber: Peter Dygert

Date:Saturday, July 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pinnacle Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mntrs trip - There were six of us including David the leader. Three apparently dropped out at the last minute. Six was a nice size for this trip. The weather was overcast and foggy, but otherwise good. there was little wind, temp was comfortable and it was dry. This was an S3/T4 scramble. This was not particularly strenuous. The saddle was 1.2 miles from the car and the climb to the peak was another mile or so. But I guess this was a T4 scramble with more vertical climbing and exposure and elevation. The rock and holds were good and frequent so no difficult moves were required, but this was more than I have done previously. There were three or four others that were also testing their rock climbing experience. We roped up to go down the initial chute from the top. Not essential, but it did provide experience with the rope and a little extra security. There was still a fair bit of careful down climbing required after the rope so it was a good test. Consistent with conventional wisdom, climbing up is way easier than climbing down.

After coming down we also took in Plummer Peak was was the nearest neighbor - this was an easy and quick walk up. By the time we got to the top of Plummer the cloud cover had lifted so we were able to get good views of the surrounding lower elevation peaks. We could see across to Paradise, but Rainier itself remained obscure. With us were David, Jennifer, Jamie, Sharif and Aditi (sp?).
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