Ascent of Pinnacle Peak on 2013-06-22

Climber: Kevin DeFields

Date:Saturday, June 22, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pinnacle Peak
    Elevation:6562 ft / 2000 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started climb at 6:30AM to take advantage of cooler conditions and avoid other parties on Pinnacle Peak. Ascended fairly firm snow all of the way to the Pinnacle/Castle col. After crossing to the south side of the ridge we traversed through softening snow to the base of Pinnacle Peak. Scrambled to the summit where we spent about half an hour before preparing to descend. Set up a hand line on a 30m rope and prusiked down the first half of the descent. There were no good options for setting up a second anchor at that point so all party members down climbed the rest of the way. We were down and back to the col before running into any other parties headed for Pinnacle.

After a very short break at the base of Pinnacle we traversed back across to the east side of Castle. All other party members ascended the gully and over the ridge unaided. We dropped our packs at the base of the Castle to make the summit climb. Michael B. belayed me up the summit block. I used about 5 pieces of pro on the way up including one small cam, several mid sized nuts and one sling around a horn about half way up. Anchored the rope with a pair of slings around a chockstone at the summit and the rest of the party prusiked up with minimal difficulty. (See Skills notes) From the top, we could see a couple of parties on Pinnacle and more on their way up the snowfield.

The rappel station had a sling of 1" webbing and a perlon sling with one rappel ring. We added a second 1" sling and a second rappel ring to the setup before rappelling down. Glissaded over good snow most of the way back to the trailhead.

There is a good spot to transition from the snow and over the col towards the east side of the ridgleine. Both the Pinnacle and Castle summit blocks are completely snow free and in great condition. Glissade route down the east slopes of The Castle is great.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1685 ft / 513 m
    Total Elevation Loss:412 ft / 125 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1685 ft / 513 m
    Route:Pinnacle/Castle Col
    Start Trailhead:Reflection Lakes trail head  4877 ft / 1486 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:412 ft / 125 m
    Route:Pinnacle/Castle col
    End Trailhead:Pinnacle/Castle col  6150 ft / 1874 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Pinnacle Peak / The Castle

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pinnacle Peak2013-06-221685 ft / 514 m
2The Castle2013-06-22290 ft / 88 m
Total Trip Gain: 1975 ft / 602 m    Total Trip Loss: 412 ft / 126 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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