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This is the long lost sister of the popular Cathedral Spires. Invisible from the road, it is tucked away in the large canyon to the east of the Spires. It's obscurity says nothing of it's quality however. It's both an impressive and shapely pinnacle and the climbing on it is excellent. There are two routes recorded in the Reid guide. The Left Side route (5.9) is a hidden gem that's on the radar of many Valley locals. The Outside Face (5.10d) takes an impressive and intimidating line up the east side of the pinnacle.
If you are not familiar with the approach to the routes on the Lower Cathedral Spire, you should maybe climb that first to learn the area.
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Phantom Pinnacle, Left 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
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The Left Side of Phantom Pinnacle is higher quality than the 5.9 "Regular Routes" on either of the Cathedral Spires and you're almost guaranteed to have the place to yourself. It can be done in somewhere between 3 to 5 pitches. I climbed it, and will describe it in 3.Pitch 1: Climb a ramp up to a ledge (optional belay) and then climb steeper blocks and flakes in a corner past a tree to another ledge.Pitch 2: A steep and wild pitch! Climb the right side of a large flake (in the corner) off the be...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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