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Captain Hook, Left 
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Delectable Pinnacle, Right  
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Footstool, Right, The 
Hardly Pinnacle 
Indubious Battle 
La Arista 
La Cosita, Left 
La Cosita, Right 
La Escuela 
Little John, Left 
Little John, Right 
Mark of Art 
Masquerade/Call Me Ishmael 
Moby Dick 
Moby Dick, Left 
Party Mix 
Peter Left 
Peter Pan 
Pine Line 
Pterodactyl Terrace, Left 
Pterodactyl Terrace, Right 
Reeds Leads 
Sacherer Cracker 
Salathe (pitch 1) 
Seedy Leads 
Short But Thin 
Slack ( center), The 
Slack, Left, The 
Sparkling Give-away 
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) 

Hardly Pinnacle 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Dale Bard et al - 1972
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Submitted By: Osprey on Jan 16, 2010
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This is a great little extension to both of the Little John routes. It deserves the same amount of stars as Little John Right! It is a double crux pitch. Start up either the left or right side, although most people start up the right because it is a straight in crack. The crux here is a thin section. You top out on the pinnacle at the halfway point. The second half is steeper and eventhough gear is used, the moves feel more sporty than the bottom. A must do!


This one pitch route sits on top of Little John. Have your belay set up on the rappel chains for the Little John routes.


Standard rack to 3". One set of finger sized cams are handy for the bottom crux. A couple of shoulder slings for the top section will keep the rope running smooth. Bolted rappel anchor at the top.

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By Alexey
From: San Jose
Jan 18, 2010

left start of this route felt way harder than right

By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Feb 14, 2011

The final 10 feet leading up to the anchors looks way intimidating from below, but there's actually some good face holds up there and it protects quite well.

Very enjoyable climb and pretty mild for the grade (unless you take the left start!).