Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Dave Hough and Geoff Smith, 5/78
Page Views: 203 total · 2/month
Shared By: Chris Duca on Nov 10, 2007
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Access Issue: Peregrine closures and approach trail issues Details

Description

P.T. (Positive Thinking) Pillar is about as awkward a climb as you're going to get on Poke-O. From the insecure jamsand smeary feet up the flaring left-facing corner, to the sub-optimal pro, to the overall thuggish nature of it, P.T. Pillar is, most assuredly, not for everyone.

That being said, if you want to test your mental grit, intestinal fortitude, AND get a taste of what a healthy dose of Adirondack sandbagging feels like, then this is the route for you.

Start the route by scampering up the blocky base of the massive left-facing corner of the pillar of rock that stands tall to the right of the Positive Thinking winter ice flow. Get into the corner and grovel, thrutch, and burn rubber on the steep and awkward corner, passing a roof crux at about mid-height.

Finish the route on some sustained terrain that takes you to the top of the pillar and chain anchors.

(Note: This route is also the "quickest" way to set up a TR on "Macho").

Fun, eh?

Location

To the right of the Positive Thinking clearing/ice flow area is a massive pillar of rock. the route climbs the left side (left facing corner).

Protection

A standard rack including a #4 Camalot, and doubles on some smaller units.

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Jon Clark
Philadelphia, PA
  5.8
Jon Clark   Philadelphia, PA
  5.8
This is worth doing once. Yes its awkward, but sometimes you run into this kind of stuff on longer routes. So it's good to have some experience on this kind of terrain. Feb 4, 2011
Daniel Israel
Montreal, Quebec
  5.9-
Daniel Israel   Montreal, Quebec
  5.9-
I hadn't remembered the description when I decided to do it. Yep, the description is pretty good! Oct 21, 2013
Benjaminadk
San Pedro, California
 
Benjaminadk   San Pedro, California
 
description is spot on. thuggish. makes a route like modern times seem easy for the grade. Jun 8, 2014