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PSOM Pinnacle 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: John Fischer, GU 1970's
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Submitted By: Bruce Willey on May 27, 2009

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An unknown party on the first pitch of 'PSOM Pinna...


The old Palisade School of Mountaineering (PSOM) training ground for clients, this route has a bit of mountaineering in it, some wandering and meandering, and a stellar lie-back finish to a small summit.

P-1: crack to slab (little bit run-out).
P-2: Bulgy crack then 3rd class through the brush to the right.
P-3: left-facing dihedral to the top of the pinnacle.


Gear to 2"

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fun climbing up the left side of PSOM Pinnacle.
Fun climbing up the left side of PSOM Pinnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading P3 of PSOM Pinnacle.  30 Aug 2014.
Leading P3 of PSOM Pinnacle. 30 Aug 2014.

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By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
May 27, 2009

Of historical note: John Fischer climbed this shortly after being bit by a rattlesnake on the approach. Didn't want to disappoint his clients enrolled in a beginner mountaineering course in the PSOM. But was forced to go to the hospital later that evening.
From: Menifee, CA
Mar 2, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun climb!
P3- one of the greatest single pitches of climbing I've done.
P2- one of the worst.
By Kurtz
Oct 15, 2013

We went off-route by not moving right (through unpromising terrain) on P2. Instead, we stayed in the "channel" and went straight up. This was a wee bit stiffer, but fun climbing.

Either way, you can link PSOM Pinnacle with the excellent last 4 pitches of the John Fischer Memorial Route . Note that the JFMR is 10a/b but you can bail at any point from the bolted anchors.
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Sep 2, 2014

one long rap from pinnacle topside anchor with two joined 70 m ropes just makes it back down to the base, bec our party of 3 happened to have two ropes
By Josh Cameron
From: Moab, Colorado
Jan 29, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I agree with EJF. 2 stars for pitch 1; a bomb for pitch 2; and 3 stars for pitch 3.

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