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Byrd Pinnacle Left

5.8, Trad, 100 ft (30 m),  Avg: 2.5 from 26 votes
FA: Joe Herbst, John Byrd, Matt McMackin, Nanouk Borche
Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > 12-Oak Creek Ca… > Friar & Byrd Pinnacle
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


This is the attractive set of double cracks on the left side of the formation, leading up through varnished rock to a crack slanting up and right to the finish. Rated 7+ in Handren's guide, we'd kick it up to a solid 8 but you decide. Very good pitch.


Byrd Pinnacle is down and right of Red Zinger, across the gully from the Friar and easy to spot as one walks into the mouth of Oak Creek. The striking off-width crack through the roof right of this route, named Xyphoid Fever, is a good landmark.


Good pro readily available. As per Handren's suggested rack.

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Maurice Horn starting Byrd Pinnacle Left.
[Hide Photo] Maurice Horn starting Byrd Pinnacle Left.

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[Hide Comment] Just did this route yesterday. Great time, but one of the bolted anchors atop the pinnacle was missing. The rappel now consists of one bolt with chain, and two faded runners with fixed knots and rings. Nov 9, 2009
[Hide Comment] great route for the winter time. gets sun all day. no crowds. Feb 2, 2011
[Hide Comment] The anchor is still just one bolt and old Slings. The slings are tied into a knot and jammed into a crack. Oh...and has anyone gone up the chimney for the second half of the climb?? Jan 20, 2012
[Hide Comment] Replaced the jammed-knot backup on the top anchor with fresh cord around the block, plus a screw link. Apr 4, 2014
Jon W
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] I went up the chimney. It's well protected with a 2 or a 3, but the pinnacle-side wall of the chimney has lots of very hollow flakes that might get pulled off. Nov 3, 2014
[Hide Comment] Anchor is still one bolt, now with a nut. After you leave the varnish you may break fewer holds by staying left. Leading up the chimney for a few moves was fun though not necessary. Dec 29, 2019