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The start of Pollinator, 5.10a
Left side of Trundle East face, below the Pocket Protector belay. Find the cracks with bright green lichen.
A long, fun adventure pitch with a cool overhanging crack and a great view from the top of the tower. Below the ledge of Pocket Protector, climb up to the double cracks that lead to the overhang. Locks and jugs out the roof and over the lip into the pod rest. Continue up the right facing crack above (optional belay), then make your way left into the easy crack system of the original route. Wise use of runners will help with drag. Follow this to a bolted belay station next to a bush; may need new webbing.
Rap to the base with a 70M, or to Pocket Protector's anchors with a 60M.
(Please note that the rock quality rapidly deteriorates higher above the upper ledge. The summit block of the tower is not actually attached to anything solid. It is not recommended to attempt to gain the true summit.)
Standard rack to 3", doubles fingers-hands, plenty of runners.
|By Brent Silvester|
Oct 22, 2009
Bit of history: this was the first route we climbed out here. It was awesome, and a day to remember. It was a little disappointing to see so much lose rock at the top of the pinnacle, I know we both wanted to stand on top. We found a "great" 1/4 bolt up there (probably from the Baker era), and made an anchor to get down. The next time up, we went with a drill to install an anchor and start putting in routes, which ended up with us getting rained out and bumming. I remember feeling like we were getting nowhere fast, and cursing the weather.