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Pingora

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Elevation: 11,884'
Location: 42.7789, -109.226 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.


6 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['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+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   
South Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 500'   
Northeast Face   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   
Southwest Face Right   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'   
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Featured Route For Pingora
Sweet 5.8 crack section

South Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Pingora
A nice little route with two really nice pitches. This description is for the 5.8 variation, but the route goes at 5.6 also.P1: After the 4th class scramble to the start, climb a nice r-facing corner system for a long pitch (maybe some simul climbing is necessary) to a little perch at the foot of a clean wall with a crack that splits. (5.7, 200ft)P2: For the 5.6 variation head left to a dihedral. For the 5.8 variation, head straight up the fine crack (wide to start, then hand/finger) and at t...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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...
Mt. Mitchell (left) and Warbonnet (right) framing Deep Lake Area. Photo taken from the summit of Pingora.
Mt. Mitchell (left) and Warbonnet (right) framing ...
Pingora. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pingora.
Photo by Blitzo.
Pingora, Northeast Face 2009 (Shortly before a snowstorm)
Pingora, Northeast Face 2009 (Shortly before a sno...
Pingora
Pingora
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...
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. ...
Sherman on Pingora summit after new route, circa 1982, photo: Bob Horan
Sherman on Pingora summit after new route, circa 1...
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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.