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Cucumbers 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek
Season: Late Spring, Summer, early Fall
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Submitted By: Darshan Ahluwalia on Sep 21, 2006

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Pitch one, the crux.

Description 

Great 5.10- crack climb that has good sections on every pitch. First pitch is the real winner, though, and the crux of the climb.

P1: Climb the small finger crack in the back of the dihedral to a big ledge. First couple moves off the belay is the crux and can be protected with a tiny blue or black alien. A quick 5.10b move.

P2: Climb the discontinous mostly finger-sized crack systems. halfway through the pitch you encounter a 15-foot long splitter tight hands section. This is probably the crux of this pitch. 5.10a. Traverse left on a ledge to belay underneath the offwidth / chimney crack that is the third pitch. A longer pitch.

P3: Climb up and through the chimney. Wide gear required to protect this pitch. Finish on a ledge near the summit. 5.9.


Location 

The route is in the center-right of the crag. It starts in the obvious dihedral. Scramble up third and fourth class ledges to get to the base of the dihedral. To get down, there is a short rappel that brings you to the backside of Cardinal Pinnacle. Walk down the scree around the right side of the crag. Scramble up the ledges to get back to the base of the route if needed.


Protection 

Standard rack: full set of cams and nuts, with a few extra finger sizes. Bring a couple 4" cams for the last pitch. A blue or black alien is useful to protect the first move on the first pitch.



Photos of Cucumbers Slideshow Add Photo
Jessie enjoying P2
Jessie enjoying P2
John Powell climbing, belayed by Mitch Musci on pitch 2
John Powell climbing, belayed by Mitch Musci on pi...
Pitch one, higher up.
Pitch one, higher up.
we started a tad bit lower instead of directly at the base of the finger crack
we started a tad bit lower instead of directly at ...
Pitch one, finishing up.
Pitch one, finishing up.
Pitch 2
Pitch 2
views of Sabrina Basin, one of the perks of climbing Cardinal
views of Sabrina Basin, one of the perks of climbi...
Pitch 2
Pitch 2
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By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
May 26, 2007

FA Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek

Why is it called cucumbers? Because the two ate some cucumbers at the top after climbing the route.

By Darshan Ahluwalia
From: Petaluma, CA
Dec 17, 2007

that is really funny about the name.

By Karsten
From: Sacramento, CA
Sep 9, 2010

I agree with Darshan's assessment of the first pitch. I would conservatively rate this pitch R. The small cam you get in down low is not that inspiring. If that piece pulls you could be going for a ride not only to the base of the route but down the 4th class below. Don't blow it!