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BETA PHOTO: John K leading Swallow Crack
This is located un the middle of the east face of the discovery wall, uphill where the climbers path begins to flatten out. From the path, head up about 15 feet to a large open area, where you will find the bulge that leads to the Swallow Crack.
Start on a bulgy face that leads to a wide left faced crack on a slab where excellent hands and feet are available. There is certainly some rock that will eventually pull out on this route, so use caution! After the crack, move left to the bolt, and climb some class 4 rock that will lead you to the top of the Discovery Wall.
This route is about 90 feet long, and due to the leftward movement of the route, top roping this roue either requires some interesting directionals and a long rope, or some ballsy climbers. A fall on a top rope from the anchors will swing you about 50 feet left and crash you into the slabby section of Fly-By (5.9+), the next climb over.
Bring some Friends for the crack, and you will find 2 pitons and a bolt along the way. Old pitons are not to be trusted however, so if you're uncertain, add some more pro!
Michael coming up Swallow Crack
Sean heading up Swallow Crack
Trans taking a moment to chalk up about halfway up...
Karl rapping off Discovery Wall after climbing Swa...
|Comments on Swallow Crack
|By Karl Royer|
Sep 11, 2003
This was my first "trad" climb. A single pitch, with good to great foot placements on the face of the crag/route. Some pro left by other climbers are in place with a couple of strategically placed bolts makes this an excellent place to practice trad climbing.
Sep 25, 2006
Another OK route.
|By Lisa E|
Mar 29, 2007
A fun route.
From: San Francisco, CA
Mar 25, 2008
You can rappel down from rap rings on the large boulder directly above this climb. A 60m rope reaches the ground with a few feet to spare.
|By Matthew Geyer|
From: Morro Bay
Aug 11, 2008
A great crack for placing gear, two old pins that still appear bomber and a monster exit muffin...add to it all that in the summer the routes get afternoon shade, a big airy rap from the large boulder on top when it's done, everything one could ask for.
From: Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 19, 2009
This was my first outdoor climb, ever. The crack is generous and makes for a fun and quick route. Since you're using the crack most of the way up, you're not tapping on rock as much as other routes at Pinnacles. Still, beware falling rock - helmets are always handy. A great first-timer's climb.
From: Santa Cruz, California
Jan 23, 2013
This was our first outdoor climb and first wall.
I recommend this to every outdoor beginner climber.
It wasn't too hard, but hard enough for me to proceed slowly and feel the rocks. You will be able to get comfortable on this rock.