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Pingora 


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Elevation: 11,884'
Location: 42.7789, -109.226 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Snyder, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Ron Olsen on May 24, 2006
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Pingora in Cirque of the Towers

Description 

The most sought-after summit in the Cirque of the Towers, along with Wolf's Head. This is probably due to its listing in 50 Classic Climbs. Home of the classic Northeast Face route and several other fun moderates.

Summitpost.org has excellent information on Pingora.


Getting There 

People with recent experience climbing on Pingora, please feel free to add information on approaches, descents, etc.


Climbing Season


7 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pingora:
East Face, Left Side Cracks   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   
South Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 500'   
Northeast Face   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Southwest Face Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'   
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Featured Route For Pingora
Nice shot of the lake below.

East Face, Left Side Cracks 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Pingora
This creatively named route is pretty nice for a casual day or a quick route if you don't have a full day. Climbing quality is varied but mostly good.Climb the lower crack section for about 3-4 pitches depending on how far you stretch it. There is no real distinct crack to follow so just go with the flow. After this section, you'll reach the upper wall where the difficulty eases off and it should be 4th class to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Photos of Pingora Slideshow Add Photo
cotton ball over pingora
cotton ball over pingora
Two clowns on the summit of Pingora, 1980. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Two clowns on the summit of Pingora, 1980.
Photo b...
Morning fog clearing over Pingora
Morning fog clearing over Pingora
Pingora <br />
Pingora
Pingora from the base of Mt. Mitchell <br />9/6/2013
Pingora from the base of Mt. Mitchell
9/6/2013
Rob leading the traverse on the first pitch of the North East Face of Pingora. Sweet exposure with very little protection. Good shot of Mitchell Peak in the background. Photo taken by Zane.
Rob leading the traverse on the first pitch of the...
Great Rock
Great Rock
A new route on Pingora, circa 1982, photo: Bob Horan Collection
A new route on Pingora, circa 1982, photo: Bob Hor...
Second of four raps from S. Buttress.  Easy with single 70 m rope.  Consider angling climber's right at start of rappel to avoid pulling rope into dihedral on left.
BETA PHOTO: Second of four raps from S. Buttress. Easy with s...
Pingora, Northeast Face 2009 (Shortly before a snowstorm)
Pingora, Northeast Face 2009 (Shortly before a sno...
Sherman on Pingora summit after new route, circa 1982, photo: Bob Horan
Sherman on Pingora summit after new route, circa 1...
Pingora from the Arrowhead Pass
Pingora from the Arrowhead Pass
Rap stations/descent from the summit of Pingora.  70m is best.  Could shorten the the number of raps with 2 70m ropes, but the rope snag factor will increase significantly. <br /> <br />Photo taken from David Fantle as posted by MP user G. Neely here: <a href='http://www.mountainproject.com/v/106531466' >www.mountainproject.com/v/106531466</a>.
BETA PHOTO: Rap stations/descent from the summit of Pingora. ...
Pingora. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pingora.
Photo by Blitzo.
Approach/Descent beta photo.  Follows trail and obvious treed ledges up to south end of shoulder, then north to base of routes/rap line.
BETA PHOTO: Approach/Descent beta photo. Follows trail and ob...
Pingora
Pingora
Last of four single rope raps.  Finishes on grassy ledge.
BETA PHOTO: Last of four single rope raps. Finishes on grassy...
Mt. Mitchell (left) and Warbonnet (right) framing Deep Lake Area. Photo taken from the summit of Pingora.
Mt. Mitchell (left) and Warbonnet (right) framing ...
Large crew heading down the south shoulder
Large crew heading down the south shoulder
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By Chris Owen
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From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
May 8, 2009

A couple of long rappels down the South Buttress Route is the best way off Pingora.