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

Pterodactyl Terrace, Left 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jim Sims, Steve Roper, 4/63.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 16, 2006

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Climb the first pitch of "Salathe" to where it is possible to movr right and up a corner to the terrace.
Rappel 150'.


Pro to 2.5".

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By Rodger Raubach
Jul 23, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Even though it's been a while since I climbed this route, I remember it well. The crux is a short but almost vertical corner and finger crack that abruptly ends at the tiny and completely flat summit of this exfoliation flake pinnacle. An exciting little climb. Rap anchor needs to be replaced!
By Rodger Raubach
Mar 23, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I believe the FFA was ~1965 by Chris Fredericks and Frank Sacherer.
By Greg Barnes
Dec 15, 2011

Chris McNamara replaced the anchor around 1999 or so.
By Darshan Ahluwalia
From: Petaluma, CA
Jan 2, 2012

The guidebook rates this as 10a R. While slightly intimidating, the gear is there. Bring lots of small cams, small offset nuts, and plenty of slings.
By Rodger Raubach
Sep 16, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I led this back in 1981, and used entirely passive pro in addition to one old fixed piton in the final lieback/dihedral. No need for an "R" rating, just MHO.

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