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South Crack 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Ed George, Bill McMorris 1947
Season: Probably too hot in summer
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Submitted By: Pete Hickman on Oct 1, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Start of the second pitch. The unknown climber is...

Description 

First pitch: Left chimney 4th class scramble to belay bolts just below the sundeck boulder. It's easier than it might look at first sight. Second pitch: Go around a triangluar boulder and up another boulder to access a large crack. Follow wide crack to small chimney with a bolt on left face with which you can pass a sort of bulge and climb up to a large ledge/tunnell area with two belay bolts. If you stop here then this can be done in three pitches, or you can continue up the chimney area with plenty of protection placements to another ledge area, move left and up a sort of ramp to the summit. Here you will find three huge rappell anchors as well as 4 or 5 bolts and hangars.

Location 

The start is obvious at the top of the trail to the pinacle. However, Weekend Rock topo shows the line going up the right chimney on the first pitch but that looks much harder and all the other topos I had showed it going up the left side which turned out to be pretty easy.

Protection 

1 bolt besides the three sets of belay bolts. Many places for large nuts, I only had a #.75 and #1 Cam and I think I used both but probably didn't have too. A couple of slings around outcroppings on the second pitch. The first pitch (4th class) we used no protection.


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Looking back on the Sundeck Boulder
Looking back on the Sundeck Boulder
The scramble up the first pitch of south crack.  It's not a bad free solo if you are comfortable with stemming and chimney climbing.  If you're not so experienced with that style rope up and bring some larger gear for the first 30 feet.
The scramble up the first pitch of south crack. I...
Start of the real south crack route from the sun deck boulder.
Start of the real south crack route from the sun d...
The summit
The summit
The summit
The summit
The summit
The summit
South Crack looking up toward the Rappel
BETA PHOTO: South Crack looking up toward the Rappel
The summit, ridiculously awesomely huge rap bolts at the top.
The summit, ridiculously awesomely huge rap bolts ...
The summit
The summit
The summit
The summit
Chimney second half of second pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Chimney second half of second pitch.
View of south crack looking down from about 20 feet below the summit.
View of south crack looking down from about 20 fee...
Looking up at final chimney, just before the summit.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up at final chimney, just before the summi...
South Crack, Pinnacle Peak  <br />
South Crack, Pinnacle Peak
Evelyn scrambling up the start of the 4th class first pitch.  Brian laughing at who knows what.
BETA PHOTO: Evelyn scrambling up the start of the 4th class fi...
Looking down from the top of the 2nd pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down from the top of the 2nd pitch.
The summit, newer bolts are available but hard core climbers still use these bad boys :)
The summit, newer bolts are available but hard cor...
The scramble up the first pitch of south crack.  It's not a bad free solo if you are comfortable with stemming and chimney climbing.  If you're not so experienced with that style rope up and bring some larger gear for the first 30 feet.
The scramble up the first pitch of south crack. I...

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By noburu
From: Flagstaff
Nov 3, 2007
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

I know it's not the hardest thing to grunt through, but shouldn't this line get a little more respect than 5.3? The two roofs on the second pitch are definitely strong climbing moves.
By Pete Hickman
From: Tacoma, WA
Dec 6, 2007

I think that compared to other climbs at Pinacle Peak 5.3 is fair. When I first came to PP I thought everything was much harder than rated but that was because I had never climbed on granite before.
By Debbie Vischer
From: Loveland
Feb 15, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

5.3?!?! My you know what!! Ratings are definitely sandbag'd in AZ. Tight off-width/chimney. Last chimney a bit tricky for a new climber - need solid stemming technique. Secure but strenuous. View worth the effort. Rap'd with single 60m rope (needed very last inch to make it to the bottom).
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jan 1, 2010

great line for top-rope soloists or free soloists. from the top, you get spectacular views (good for either type of soloist) and access to the anchors for powder puff and other climbs (good for top-rope soloists).
By Colonel Mustard
From: Reno, NV
Jan 12, 2011

It's a pretty fun climb, and a great one to introduce climbers to multipitch. As Randy says, it's also a great scramble to the top.
By MacM
From: Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Aug 21, 2012
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a

I think it should be noted that a 70M WILL get you from the summit anchors(east-most top-two/biggest eyebolts) to the top of the 4th class gully anchors, down the south face. So you don't need to hassle with the mid-way rap. However, it was a bit tight with maybe 3' on each end remaining.

-Mac
By NC Rock Climber
From: The Oven, AKA Phoenix
Oct 12, 2013

This climb is a blast. Fun, diverse climbing with great pro leads to an amazing summit. HOWEVER, 5.3?!?! Seriously?!?! IMHO, that is a giant sandbag. I am not going to suggest another rating, but it didn't seem like 5.3 to me.