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PSOM Pinnacle 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- 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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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- 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.