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"
Fun climbing up the left side of PSOM Pinnacle.
|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
P3- one of the greatest single pitches of climbing I've done.
P2- one of the worst.
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.