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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
Type: Trad, 40 ft
FA: (TR) Todd Swain & Peggy Buckey, November 1989, FL: Jeff Rhoads & Andy Brown, November 1989
Page Views: 486 total, 3/month
Shared By: C Miller on Dec 31, 2004
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Climb an easy ramp up to the base of a headwall and then climb large edges to a very high first bolt (a fall before the first bolt would be bad). Once the first bolt is reached well protected thin edges/smears lead up and right to another bolt near the southwest arete which is then followed to the summit of the formation.

Good climbing but the lack of protection at the start makes this a climb only for those not leading at their limit. One star out of five.


West face of the Planet X Pinnacle, right of Planet Y is this all bolted route that is not a sport climb.


2 bolts, bolted anchor/rap (all 3/8")


Russ Walling
  5.9 R
Russ Walling
  5.9 R
Ok route since you are there already with a TR going... leading it is sorta lame and forced with the high bolt situation. Bring an extendo runner and snake it through the plates on top, backed up with the bolts, to TR after doing Planet X.

As a side note, the beta pic is showing the route going somewhat straight up from the first bolt. The second bolt and route actually goes pretty far to the right of the drawn in line, and is closer to the skyline than depicted in the beta shot. Oct 16, 2011
Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
One move slopers/friction crux low to good edges. Didn't know the rating while on it and commented after "could be 10-, could be 5.8...who knows". Funny that the guidebook says 8, MP as high as 10-. Hard to know when it's just about whether your rubber and skin sticks. Nov 28, 2010