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Climb the slab passing two bolts (use a long draw or runner on the 2nd bolt) to a sloping ledge below the main face. Clip the third bolt, work up and right via an undercling flake and then continue up the featured face/arete to a small stance at the 7th bolt. Above here the climb changes character (again) and finishes up the exposed slabby arete via delicate, balancy moves.
Starts 15' right of Quick on the Draw and climbs the right side of a dark slab before heading up the left side of the main face.
8 bolts, chain anchors
Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
The initial slab of Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holcomb V...
High above the treetops on Pistol Pete (5.10a), Ho...
BETA PHOTO: Larry lie-backing on a perfect, strong side pull. ...
Dan finishing his lead of Pistol Pete. Shown is a...
Nearing the top of Pistol Pete (5.10a), Holcomb Va...
The super fun undercling section of Pistol Pete.
BETA PHOTO: Photo topo for Doc Holiday Wall, Holcomb Valley Pi...
First slab section of Pistol Pete
Moving past the undercling section on Pistol Pete ...
Dr. Dan Berisford about to move though crux 2.
Zen Master Scott Nomi on the starting slab.
Scott cleaning at the second crux.
The top out is a pretty heroic position. Fun rout...
Just above the crux
|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 16, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
This is about the longest line in the Pinnacles, and a lot of fun! Definitely has a wide variety of character. The crux is pulling the small headwall just off the ledge. There is a sweet secondary crux up high on the thin slab. As is par for the area, this route is well-protected.
|By susan peplow|
From: Joshua Tree
Jun 1, 2008
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b
I've done this route a few times now and am never disappointed. The slab start, under cling, and thinning arete up top make for varied climbing. Agreed this route is well protected and a great lead.
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jul 3, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
Some people think that this is the best 5.10 at Holcomb, but IMHO it gets 3 out of 4 stars because there's the possibility of escape once at the bottom of the upper arete, this is a tad distracting and removes purity from the line. If this is 5.10a then Ricochet is 5.9. Therefore I give this 5.10b as it's crux moves are slightly more demanding technically.
The route has three distinct sections; a slab, a bouldery mid-section, and a steep arete/face, each has it's own crux. People who include Hoof and Mouth in their bouldering circuit at Stoney will barely notice the second section's crux.
|By Raquel ROCKY Robles|
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 4, 2011
This route has everything. Thin, edgy, under-clings and it kicked my butt even on top rope! Definitely has a couple of crux section for me. The under-cling and the face climb up above. Super fun!
|By Brian Chastain|
Jul 3, 2012
I'm confused because my book says 10c and I felt that was kind of accurate compared to the other climbs at Holcomb. It isn't that this route was hard, but I just think 10a is no consistent with the rest of the climbing in Holcomb. Great climb though
|By Rob M|
Aug 4, 2013
I think I'd put it at 10b, but I was pretty tired at that point. It was a bit heady since I'd never been on it, but man what a fun, fun route. I'd rate it as one of the best mid 10s, but Ricochet is pretty darn fun too.