Baxter's Pinnacle - South Ridge
Avg: 2.9 from 114 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 400 ft, 5 pitches|
|FA:||Complete South Ridge Barry Corbet & Robert French on 7/27/58|
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|Shared By:||Paul Huebner on Aug 3, 2007|
Baxters Pinnacle and Southwest Descent Gully Closed for Nesting Peregrine Falcons Details
As of May 27, 2014, Baxters Pinnacle and its southwest descent gully are closed due to an active peregrine falcon aerie. The area is expected to be opened in August. Grand Teton National Park monitors the area every year to determine whether a seasonal raptor closure is necessary.
DescriptionGood rock with a sunny southern exposure with a great view above Jenny lake.
The described below should bring you to a huge block for the 1st belay:
P1 Go up and left along a ramp, then go back right past a tree and belay on a ledge where the climb steepens. If you want, the steep wall directly above the 1st belay goes 5.10 and has a couple of bolts. It's a variation called Seizure Disorder.
P2 (5.6) Climb straight up the crest, which angles a little to the left as you approach a large ledge for 2nd belay. A steep crack to the right is the 2nd pitch (5.8) of the South Ridge climb. It has a couple of fixed pins low down.
P3 (5.6) Continue straight up on the south face and top out before setting up belay.
P4 Traverse (more easy) across and slightly down to a large flat stance below the base of the more intimidating tower and set up your next belay from there.
P5 (5.9) Over to the right, just to the left of the corner and above, there is a fixed pin. The crux of the climb is a one move affair to get off of the flat stance and onto the tower above the pin. From there you climb just a bit to the right of the pin and up a big, detached flake. Then a steep (5.7) lieback crack goes up and left along the very steep corner. There are 3 fixed pins in the crack. Finally double cracks lead to the summit.
Although not as hard as the complete South Ridge, a 5.6 pitch vs. 5.8 crack on the 2nd pitch, I really enjoyed staying out on the South Face. The lieback portion of the last pitch had the most enjoyable moves on the entire climb for me.
The rappel is about 75 feet into the notch to the north behind the pinnacle. You then downclimb the steep couloir along the west side of the pinnacle. Watch for loose rock.