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Avg: 3.2 from 11 votes
California > Central Coast > Pinnacles NP > W Side > Whitetail Rock
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Belay the scramble to the crux
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Kim attacking the finish of Mission Impossible. Late afternoon in May.
Needs hangers down low
follow the red line
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Fun climb, on mostly good rock, with a mossy bit down low.
As the book says, you'll need two nuts to put on hangerless bolts at start.
I found the crux somewhat committing in that you don't really have much to aim for once you go for it, and it's hard to back off. A hold may have broken off there as there is a big pocket where an embedded rock came out.
There's one runout higher up, maybe 15-20', on 8+ ish climbing. Didn't feel any harder than the climbing on Lava Falls or Shake n Bake, but it was early in the morning and the closer bolts down low make it seem far.
Overall worth the trip, long 5.10 and few crowds out there. Felt harder to me than the crux on Power Tools
Aug 24, 2014
One of the best pitches in the Pinns. Stout for 10c.
Dec 30, 2014
San Jose, CA
Totally awesome climb. Nothing came off while climbing although I was planning on it, and this made the lead quite engaging. Rating felt accurate, although it would have been much easier having the confidence to match hands or feet on some holds. Rating PG13 as one difficult sections for me could have used an additional bolt protecting the action. No rappel links at first anchor. I left two quick links for rappelling.
May 22, 2016
Hangerless first bolt so the actual first bolt is super high. Free climbable to it but need to be very careful (PG!!!). Free climbing from left is easier than from the right. The crux is at the third bolt (at least for me). Need to find and hold on a three finger thin crimp (left hand) with good feet placement to clip in (right hand) the third bolt (I'm 160cm). It becomes easier after the third bolt. SUPER FUN!!! Bring two quick links to rap down.
Apr 14, 2019