Type: Trad, 350 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek
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Shared By: Darshan Ahluwalia on Sep 21, 2006
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Description

Great 5.10- crack climb that has good sections on every pitch. First pitch is the real winner, though, and the crux of the climb.

P1: Climb the small finger crack in the back of the dihedral to a big ledge. First couple moves off the belay is the crux and can be protected with a tiny blue or black alien. A quick 5.10b move.

P2: Climb the discontinous mostly finger-sized crack systems. halfway through the pitch you encounter a 15-foot long splitter tight hands section. This is probably the crux of this pitch. 5.10a. Traverse left on a ledge to belay underneath the offwidth / chimney crack that is the third pitch. A longer pitch.

P3: Climb up and through the chimney. Wide gear required to protect this pitch. Finish on a ledge near the summit. 5.9.

Location

The route is in the center-right of the crag. It starts in the obvious dihedral. Scramble up third and fourth class ledges to get to the base of the dihedral. To get down, there is a short rappel that brings you to the backside of Cardinal Pinnacle. Walk down the scree around the right side of the crag. Scramble up the ledges to get back to the base of the route if needed.

Protection

Standard rack: full set of cams and nuts, with a few extra finger sizes. Bring a couple 4" cams for the last pitch. A blue or black alien is useful to protect the first move on the first pitch.
Bruce Willey
Bishop, CA
Bruce Willey   Bishop, CA
FA Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek

Why is it called cucumbers? Because the two ate some cucumbers at the top after climbing the route. May 26, 2007
Darshan Ahluwalia
Petaluma, CA
  5.10a/b
Darshan Ahluwalia   Petaluma, CA
  5.10a/b
that is really funny about the name. Dec 17, 2007
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
 
Karsten Duncan   Sacramento, CA
 
I agree with Darshan's assessment of the first pitch. I would conservatively rate this pitch R. The small cam you get in down low is not that inspiring. If that piece pulls you could be going for a ride not only to the base of the route but down the 4th class below. Don't blow it! Sep 9, 2010
Sean
Oak Park, CA
Sean   Oak Park, CA
at the start of Cucumbers dihedral, had more faith in the microstoppers than the tiny cam "placement" after fiddling all in Sep 15, 2014
Derek Field
California
  5.9+
Derek Field   California
  5.9+
Pro for the first move is dicey for sure, but if you've ever done a 5.9 friction mantle you'll be just fine. What a fantastic corner pitch! Aug 23, 2017
Michael Decker
Truckee, California
Michael Decker   Truckee, California
Just in case anyone is confused/wondering, the second pitch of Cucumbers is the same as the third pitch of The West Face. Or rather the original west face stayed in the corner on where Shadows in the Rain is now but what most people call "The West Face" now is actually a link-up of the first half of the west face and the upper half of cucumbers (I believe this is due to Croft popularizing it but may predate him). Sep 26, 2018