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Table Scraps Pinnacle  

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BETA PHOTO: Topo / Guide for the Table Scraps @ Mt. St. Helena...


60' Pinnacle visible from the meadow at the first major switchback on the trail out to Table Rock

Getting There 

Hike up the Table Rock Trail for 1/2 mile. You will see the Pinnacle to the East at the 1st major switchback. Continue hiking up the TR trail until a shaded switchback with a sign indicating Table Rock to the Right in 1.7 miles. Instead, turn left here and follow the large trail down the ridge to the Pinnacle.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Table Scraps Pinnacle:
Table Scraps   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Aperitif   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Tuko Pamoja   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Oaksterdam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Jesus Christ Superbolter   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Overview of the Crag
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the Crag
Climbers on 3 routes. Gives a good sense of scale....
BETA PHOTO: Climbers on 3 routes. Gives a good sense of scale....
A cool formation.  I see the Where the Wild Things...
A cool formation. I see the Where the Wild Things...
Hike out to the crag.
Hike out to the crag.
Couple fun routes with a nice hike.
Couple fun routes with a nice hike.

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By Phil McAllister
Mar 15, 2015
bolts on the anchors at the top of aperetif and food baby were both loose - got them as tight as we could with fingers again - but they could do with a good crank down with a nut tool (which we didn't have with us yesterday) or a proper hand wrench...
By Offe
Nov 30, 2009
Fun climbs, but still very dirty. We dodged a few bowling balls rolling down the gullies. Good solid bolts and a good place to teach lead climbing.
By Sam Prentice
Feb 12, 2010
Fun little crag, and a great daytrip if you're guiding friends. The rock is friable on the surface and sound underneath. Until the area sees more traffic, expect a bit of adventure on lead, and belayer should wear a helmet. Bolts are solid and liberally placed.

Thanks to whomever put in the time and $ for development.
By Rough
Feb 12, 2010
Glad you guys enjoyed it! I agree that it will clean up over time. I know it is hard to imagine but these routes literally have only had a handful of ascents being developed only since October of '09. Given them a few years and they will be polished to a HyProGlow!

My family and I love it out there!
By Floyd Hayes
Mar 15, 2010
Having read some controversial statements about the climbs on another website, I was eager to check them out for myself, which I finally did yesterday. First I led Food Baby 5.5, which I didn't like--it was very crumbly and I considered packing up my gear. But some other climbers there told us the other routes were much more solid, so I began leading other climbs, working my way up in difficulty, and really enjoyed them. It's a weird, different kind of climbing. And given the potential for loose holds and a cheese-grating fall, I was grateful they were all well protected. Table Scraps was my favorite! Thanks, Aaron, for taking the time and expense for putting up the climbs. I look forward to introducing more friends to the climbs.
By yosemitelocal
Apr 23, 2010
My friend and I were out here today for the first time. Warmed up on table scraps. Moved right to the 10a then left for the 11a, 10c and 12a Wine style(which is only hard for a couple of bolts then eases right up) I really enjoyed all the climbs. They are bolted so well that you feel like your on toprope. We lead everything Jake, but I am sure setting up topropes would not be a problem. I would recomend this area. We had alot of fun. However This place gets alot of sun and warms up quick, so plan well!
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By Rough
Apr 23, 2010
Glad you liked it YL. Since you posted a picture on it, what did you guys think of the line left of Wine Style? I have contemplated cleaning and bolting but never got around to it after I re-hurt my foot. Worth the effort or leave as is?
By yosemitelocal
Apr 24, 2010
Probally worth the effort...Thanks again for the fun routes!
By Jake Kay
From: Jackson WY
Apr 27, 2010
Got up there today with a beginner and set up TR'S on about four of the routes. Nice area, good bolting, and slightly chossy but fun climbing. Thanks for setting this place up.
By Dodrill
From: Sebastopol, CA
May 23, 2010
Fun little crag indeed, despite dodging a few missiles. Interesting, unique rock and a pleasant setting. Cruxes are short, bolts plentiful, and listed grades are generally soft by area standards. Belayers should wear helmets.
By Rough
May 26, 2010
Glad to see the comments plus some suggested ratings. Developing a crag in a vacuum particularly after a break from climbing is difficult. I've updated some of the ratings and topo to reflect the feedback. Thanks guys and please feel free to give a suggested rating to any of the routes you get on that you have a differing opinion than that which is listed. Now back to my hole...or is it a new crag :) ...
By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Jul 3, 2010
Climbed at table rock for the first time today. I thought I'd climbed on all types of "stone", but I was incorrect. After 32 years, I added a new experience to my climbing.

The features climbed are excellent- long, weird, overhanging. The "rock" defies description. I'll go back.
By Anthony Baraff
From: Paris, France
Oct 5, 2010
A friend and I got out there for a day of climbing after getting rained out in Tahoe. The rock is pretty chossy and the difficulty usually lets up after the second bolt, but it was a fun way to spend the day. The YDS grades listed on this site are frequently off by two whole numbers. I spent last weekend at Smith Rock and can attest that Monster Quest is considerably easier than any of the 5.10a climbs you will find there.
By Rough
Oct 5, 2010
Anthony, it is funny you would mention Monster Quest at an easy 5.10a. I actually gave it that after the FA but got numerous replies that it was harder. Eh? The tricky starts is what defines Scraps but also makes the grades a very subjective matter. If you can boulder out the start, the rest of the route will be easy no matter which route you are on. Now Table Rock proper is a much different beast. Long sustained routes are the name of the game out there.
By Floyd Hayes
Oct 12, 2010
So when are the climbs on Table Rock going to be posted? I'm itching to get out there!
By noboltunclipped
Dec 5, 2010
I scouted Table Scraps when hiking in the park on a rainy day. The stoneís surface had turned to ashy mud; it seemed like I could have tunneled through the whole thing with my fingernail. The stone is a conglomerate of small solid rocks with abundant ashy sand forming the mortar to hold it all together. Since the conglomerate rocks are so small, most of the bolts are drilled directly into the friable ashy mortar. It is your impression that the bolts would hold a significant force? Iím not trying to disparage the location; I think itís great that someone put the time and money into developing a sport climbing spot for beginners. I was just really struck by the difference in stone quality between this site and the Bubble or the Bear.
By Rough
Dec 5, 2010
The 1st 10 feet or so of the entire cliff is junk rock, so not surprised to hear about the "mud". As with any conglomerate, whether it is volcanic or sedimentary based, don't climb on it during or within a day or 2 of rain. You can carve your name with your fingernail at almost every cliff at Red Rocks when it is wet, and even some when it isn't wet, but I think that place has done alright :D I am totally confident in the bolts, but to each their own. I've seen several whippers and I have fallen on several of them myself.

As for the difference between Scraps and the Bubble? I guarantee any exposed and wet portion of the main face including Bubble Boy etc (anywhere with the tan rock) would exhibit exactly the same behavior when wet.

Right Chris? Errr I mean Noboltunclipped.
By Dodrill
From: Sebastopol, CA
Dec 19, 2010
^^^ I wouldn't put much money on that bet.
By Rough
Dec 20, 2010
^^^ /witty comment. Whatever...
By Salamanizer
From: Vacaville Ca.
Dec 28, 2010
Hey Rough, add Table Rock to the Routes DB. I mean, why not?

Table rock is a bitchin area. Yeah it's choss, but so is J Tree IMO. Climb on it a bit and it cleans up solid. All the bolts are bomber. As far as I know most if not all the bolts are 1/2" X 3 1/2" (or something close to that) Powers and the few that I've put in are 1/2 X 4 3/4 Powers. Totally bomber.

Choss yes, but mega steep, gnarly sustained with big air under your ass the whole way. Pinnacles is the closest thing that is any better, at least as far as tall stuff goes.

Write up the beta and post some pictures. Get some traffic out there so when I head out on a whim I have no problems wrangleing up a partner/belay slave and can stop getting shit in my eyes when I'm flailing.
By Rough
Jan 22, 2011
I actually do plan on adding it and a free topo eventually, but first I want to get one last multipitch project done before I post it. It will involve a lot of trundling and I would be terrified to do it if I thought there would be a possibility of people at the base. I kind of plan on it being my swan song for Table Rock since I have started working on a new crag not on MSH.
By Leo Ramirez
Jan 31, 2011
Loved the place and I will be back soon to climb what I did not get a chance yet. I enjoyed the easy hike to Table Scraps (the easy hike is nothing compared to bubble not to mention the Far side). Our group started with Soul Sister and moved all the way to Tuko Pamoja (skipping Wine Style). I personally did not find the area as crumbly as I had expected it. However, small rocks fell from every single climb except for Tuko P and Table Scraps. Middle and top of the climbs reminded me of climbing at the Pinnacles NM. I am no expert at rating routes, but all the routes felt easier than currently rated. Awesome work Aaron. Can't wait for Table Rock...
By Floyd Hayes
Feb 14, 2011
For better or worse, the crowds are coming. On Saturday, February 12, there were 16 climbers! Only three in my party.
By Rough
Feb 14, 2011
Floyd, I would say for the better. Those 16 climbers would have been "somewhere" regardless of whether Scraps existed or not. In fact, they most likely would have been at the Bubble standing in even bigger lines jockeying for even fewer routes. New crags and new routes means less climber congregation which generally means less focused impact. When something "new" is available, it will normally get a higher visitation rate for a short period of time. I would expect traffic to die down and for it to become another viable "option" for people to chose to go to once more people have been there a few times.

The more people, the faster those routes will clean up :)
By JoshRainwater
Apr 4, 2011
Just saw the last post and wanted to mention... the huge group there on Feb 12 was us! I run the Sacramento Rock Climbing meetup group, and after checking this place out with a couple friends thought it would be perfect to get some beginners (and beginning leaders) on. I do definitely agree it's still a bit chossy, but that will fade with time... just bring a helmet, we didn't notice any major things falling off. Glad you're developing... looking forward what comes next!
By scotticusmaximus
From: Santa Cruz, CA
May 23, 2011
Headed out to check out Table Scraps this last weekend with a couple of friends and had a great time! This is a wonderful little crag that has a little something for everyone! It's an especially good place to teach people to lead (got my friend leading his first two climbs while we were there). Also, it was so quiet and peaceful out there - we were the only ones (which I wasn't expecting). It was definitely a nice break from the hustle and bustle I experienced over at the Bubble and the Bear. Anyway, thanks Rough for putting in all the work to get this going! Still needs a little more traffic to clean up (a couple foot holds broke on me), but it's a lot of fun! Climbing there has also gotten me excited to check out Table Rock once the topo goes public. Looks like some fun multi-pitch for sure!
By portlan
From: san diego, ca
Nov 30, 2011
Softest ratings ever, but super good spot for teaching lead climbing or confidence boosting. Double check holds and feet, this rock is super crumbly. Belayers, beware; my guy almost got hit in the face with a piece of rock. Amazing views from the climbs on this rock, though.
By Phil McAllister
Jan 16, 2012
The rock has cleaned up a lot on the pinnacle. Be careful on the lower sections if it's damp and after the rain. The volcanic ash is porous and gets soft (like chalk) when it gets wet. Those occluded basalt lumps can become quite easy to dislodge. Those small quarter sized pieces can blow out on you - as can some of the features on the inside of pockets.
It seems to be like the sandtones in the area - and devlop have developed hard patina over time and moisture wicking to the surface has deposited minerals there.

The folks that developed this place did a great job - thanks. My kids (8 and 5) love this place.
By Rough
Jan 28, 2012
Was out there today with my family. You absolutely could not ask for a better day. The sun and rock was warm, the views spectacular, and climbing fun. Regardless of what others feel about Scraps, good or bad. Days like today are why I developed it, and days like today made it worth every second :)
By Mathew G
Mar 2, 2012
- Very enjoyable crag.
- Great place to put up your first lead.
- Well protected with bolts everywhere.
- The belayer needs to pay constant attention for golf ball sized rocks, especially when lowering. A helmet is a MUST.
By Chris Mullenberg
Apr 9, 2013
Beautiful little crag. Thanks to the developers for great beta! Getting there, approach, routes, all perfect. Much better than a lot of descriptions on MP. A couple things we were curious about... 1) how do you rappel/lower on Food Baby and Soul sis thunder? There are no chains or rings here... We ended up traversing over to Aperetif and rapping of those chains. Thoughts?
2) some of the hangers are spinning on food baby and soul thunder. Just FYI, still used them and they seem solid.
3) still cleaning off big choss rocks, continue the helmet zone below!
Overall, awesome day! Best part of wine country by far... Wish we had more time. Thanks for having us Midwesterners. Ciao for now
By Chris Mullenberg
Apr 9, 2013
Another heads up: the bottom chain links on the Aperetif anchor are developing grooves with sharp edges. Should probably be snipped soon.
By Floyd Hayes
Jan 26, 2015
I learned from a friend that a lead climber fell 20 feet to the ground when a hold broke on January 24. Apparently the climber survived. The bolts are closely spaced on all of the routes, so I'm curious to know what happened. Bolt pulled? Poor belay? The only news I could find online (not much) is posted here:


And here:

By Floyd Hayes
Jan 27, 2015
More details are posted at the SuperTopo forum: supertopo.com/climbing/thread....
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