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Routes in Cardinal Pinnacle

Bard-Harrington Finish T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cardinal Sin T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Cardinalidae T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Crack Kingdom T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cucumbers T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Passeri T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Passeriformes T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Prow, The T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Red Bush T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Regular Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Shadow Prow Traverse T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shadows of the Artichoke T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Shine or Whine T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
V8 Crack T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
West Face T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Where Eagles Dare T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
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Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Darshan Ahluwalia on Sep 21, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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An exceptional arching crack on beautiful orange granite. Steep and difficult for the grade, it requires endurance. The crux is about 15 feet of thin hands through a couple bulges/small roofs.


The route is not on The Cardinal Pinnacle proper; it is on the small formation to the left. Rap the route or scramble off the backside. Lots of loose rock at the top so be careful while rappelling or belaying your second up.


1 to 4" cams, doubles in 2-3" sizes
This route is excellent but much easier than 10d, more like 10a/b. Jul 9, 2010
Los Alamos, NM
Aerili   Los Alamos, NM
Um, no. Sep 8, 2010
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
Karsten Duncan   Sacramento, CA
A superb route that climbs as exciting as it looks. Lots of different sizes and movement required on this route.

It is definately not 10b especially comparing it to other ratings at this crag. Sep 9, 2010
Victor Lawson
Bishop, CA
Victor Lawson   Bishop, CA
New, bolted anchor w/ Mussy hooks installed today (9-15-10), and all chewed up tat removed. You can still reach the anchors from the top for TRing.

vic lawson Sep 14, 2010
AWinters   NH  
thanks Vic Sep 30, 2010

i thought this route was extremely easy for the grade also. i have a hard time believing dale would call it 10d. he would probably call it 10a or so. the crack is really user friendly and there are a lot of peripheral hold for the hands and feet. the difficulties are over really quickly, then it is just secure and fun.

i racked up after looking at it from the pinnacle, and thought it would be #1 camalot and smaller (should have brought up to a 3 or 3.5 camalot). needless to say i was kind of in trouble with gear early on and had to do some budgeting. luckily the climbing is really secure and you can spend some time horsing around with gear a bit. Jul 12, 2011
trying hard
Sierra East Side
trying hard   Sierra East Side
SPLITTER ALERT!!! May 24, 2013
Weston L
Outstanding route! When you look around at the splitter #1 sized roof, your jaw may in fact hit your belayer - ten cuidado!

Stellar, stellar climb. When I was up there a month or two ago the crowds were too great for West Face or Crack Kingdom, yet this was so good I was pretty satisfied. Five stars! Oct 2, 2013
Johnny Y
Johnny Y   California
Got sucked into the wide crack on the left, felt harder than the bottom half! Would go right the next time. Sep 11, 2014
Awesome climb and don't be afraid of the reported 10+ rating; the climb is more like 10a or sustained 5.9. The crux for me (and the other 2 people I climbed this with) was the first 10 feet off the ground on the flake traverse. Once established in the crack itself its fun and easy! Jul 9, 2017

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