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Routes in Planet X Pinnacle

Inept Tune TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Planet Claire T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Planet X T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Planet Y T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Saturn Sheets T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Subway to Venus T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Venetian Blinds TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Description

East of The Love Nest and on the south side of the boulder field containing Planet X (V6 R) the boulder problem, is this free-standing pinnacle of rock with routes on every side.

The south face is home to Planet X (5.8) a nice hand crack to face, Planet Y (5.9) another crack to face is on the west face, the thin and crimpy Subway To Venus (5.11d) is on the shady north side and the east face hosts the mysterious Planet Z (5.11a).

With it's various aspects this is a pinnacle for all seasons that sees very little traffic as the nearby boulders are the main attraction in this area. Well worth a visit if only to enjoy the view of the surrounding desert from the hard-earned summit.

Getting There

Park along the Sheep Pass Road in a paved turnout due west of The Love Nest and follow the marked trail to the Love Nest (5 minutes). Continue past the Love Nest, heading east, to another clump of rocks several hundred meters away.

Once you reach the western edge of the rocks (you'll see a distinct pyramid-shaped boulder with a slabby left side) make a sharp right and follow a lesser used path that circles around to the south side of the boulders. Once on the south side, follow the trail east for about 60 metes and the distinctive crack of Planet X (5.8) will come into view. Plan on 10-15 minutes for the approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Planet X Pinnacle

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Planet X 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Planet Y 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
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Murf  
Good place for the whole family, flat area, easy approach. Three worthwhile climbs, with a few others if you have the time. Feb 15, 2005

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