Ascent of Pinta Benchmark on 2021-01-15

Climber: Nathan Ponder

Date:Friday, January 15, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pinta Benchmark
    Elevation:2950 ft / 899 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fun climb, shitty road walk. I'd say it's worth it though, especially if you enjoy scrambling. If you bring poles I recommend stashing or stowing them once you get to the end of the road where the canyon begins -- you'll be using your hands pretty much continuously on the rest of the climb.

I also highly recommend approach shoes if you have them. Comfortable to wear on the road walk, with the performance to tackle all the fun Class 3 moves throughout the gully. All the significant obstacles can be upclimbed, including the dry waterfall and the 5-foot "step", with the appropriate skill and footwear.

I tried cutting off the corner of the roadwalk on the way in. It went great for a while, until I got close to the canyon, when the cholla thickened so much that even carefully stepping around them earned me several spines in the feet and calves. There's also a fair amount of crypto in here that is difficult to avoid. Overall, not worth it, just stick to the road, or cut off a smaller chunk like I did on the return (see GPS track).

Like Richard Hensley before me, I camped at the rescue beacon and of course wandered around to the front of it to investigate and take a picture. A few hours later, BP rolled up to check on me, saying that they'd seen me on the camera. He was friendly and didn't seem put out by this task. He wanted to know my itinerary and the clothing I'd be wearing, as he said I might trigger other detection devices they have up in the Pintas. He also advised that they were currently tracking some "illegals" in the area where I'd be heading. I saw no one else out there, but I did see quite a bit of migrant trash -- clothing, water jugs, food and beverage containers with Spanish labeling -- and quite surprisingly high up in the canyon, too.
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Nathan Ponder
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