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Cucumbers

5.10a/b, Trad, 350 ft (106 m), 3 pitches,  Avg: 3.3 from 32 votes
FA: Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek
California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Cardinal Pinnacle

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.

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Jessie enjoying P2
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John Powell climbing, belayed by Mitch Musci on pitch 2
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Pitch one, the crux.
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Cucumbers pitch one
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views of Sabrina Basin, one of the perks of climbing Cardinal
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we started a tad bit lower instead of directly at the base of the finger crack
[Hide Photo] we started a tad bit lower instead of directly at the base of the finger crack
Pitch 2
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Pitch 2
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Pitch one, finishing up.
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Pitch one, higher up.
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Bruce Willey
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] that is really funny about the name. Dec 17, 2007
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
 
[Hide Comment] 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
[Hide Comment] 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
Sedona, AZ
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] 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
Mammoth Lakes, CA
[Hide Comment] 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