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BETA PHOTO: Routes on the Unmentionable.
The climbing route faces the trail, and, starts after a short scramble to a small rock saddle (old star-dryvin' belay bolt at saddle).
Scramble up easy ridge to steeper rock at a broken horizontal seam. Clip bolt above the break, send that rig to the summit.
Great position, a free standing pinnacle and some might find inspiration for something after staring longingly at the formation (a cold shower?).
Classic Pinnacles summit. Well worth the scenic hike.
Historical note: the 1966 Roper guide rated this route 5.3.
From the High Peaks Trail starting on the East Side, goes past the Anvil about 200 meters and look to the left: it looks like, uhh: Unmentionable!
Rappel from the summit.
One bolt protects the short crux and route. Two bolt anchor on summit for the rappel back to the ground.
Geez, that's so...Unmentionable!
BETA PHOTO: At the only bolt, just below the crux of the Unmen...
BETA PHOTO: The Unmentionable from near the trail. Note climb...
Summit of the Unmentionable.
El Greco on top of the Unmentionable!
Photo of a climber on top.
Mar 14, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Truly unmentionable... Known by the rangers as C*ck Rock. Follow the gently sloping ridge (easy but exposed, especially to the right - no fall zone) to where the rock steepens. Clip a bolt, pull a few short crux moves (5.7) and you're on top. Bolt anchor. A short route, but the exposure, view and photo opportunities on this pinnacle make this a classic!
By Jason Ogasian
From: South Lake Tahoe
Jul 16, 2013
This is a great place to practice a "Pinnacles Rappel". There is a good groove at the top that will keep your rope from slipping while you and your partner rap off the sides.