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Anasazi T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Power Tools S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Sport, 400 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Jonathan Richards and Douglas Martin
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Shared By: David Delkeskamp on Oct 22, 2013 with updates
Admins: Aron Quiter, andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Pitch one we climbed the 10b sport (not the 5.9 crack) variation. It was dirty, mossy, traversy, and pretty dang fun. I used single length slings on bolts one and two and didn't get much drag at all. At the anchor atop pitch one I pulled the rope through all of the gear then lowered it back down to Vickie, making it a safer follow. Pitch two head up and right through putting green-like terrain to some (whoooo-hooo) cleaner stone. Pitches 3 and 4 are pretty much clean killer bee sport climbing with an emphasis on stemming. Less pumpy than it's neighbor "Misson Impossible". Vic and I felt the bolt location was right on; bolts at all cruxy bits. Young guide calls PT 5.10d so go send it and start feeling good about yourself again.
Final notes: Beware of raptor closures (Citadel formation is open in the fall) and PT faces north so it is shady.


PT is just down hill from Costanoan (see the Young guide). To descend we scrambled down a gully just uphill from Costanoan. It allowed us to take only one rope but it was a nasty bushwhack. Young guide says double rope rap PT or Costanoan or fourth class down the southeast face.


Draws and a few slings.


Erick Santos
Los Angeles, CA
Erick Santos   Los Angeles, CA
Bring a nut tool to clean the crack if you intend to plug up the crack to protect the traverse to the first bolt on pitch 2. A lot of moss in there. We ran it out but were cautious of the rock and moss. 6 days ago
Bruno Beltran
Stanford, CA
Bruno Beltran   Stanford, CA
Some more route details:

As of August 2016, it is very possible to miss or make a wrong turn at the first anchor and end up on another line (Berserker Route, 10c PG?, single rack to 2") that I would not currently recommend climbing. This happened to my partner and I last weekend and we dislodged multiple torso-sized flakes that had seemed totally solid on inspection on our way to the top of the four pitch moss/choss pile, thinking that we were on Power Tools the whole time.

For those without a guidebook (like we were), there are several ways to gain the first anchor of Power Tools. Just downhill from Costanoan, you will see a cave with an obvious bolt-line leading above it. Climbing directly to the first bolt requires some 5.12 moves on chipped holds. Instead, climb up to a "ledge" to the left of the cave to find a bolt near the start of a fun-looking crack, and traverse right on big holds to meet up with the bolt line leading up out of the cave. My understanding is that this is the original Power Tools route.

Alternatively, some people take a couple of pieces and go straight up the crack to the left of the cave (5.9). If you do this, it is important to note that the next bolt you hit will actually be even with first anchor for Power Tools, and you'll have to traverse right to the hard-to-see anchor (or up and right to a third bolt, then down and right to the now easy-to-see anchor).

From the first anchor, to continue on Power Tools *go up and to the right*. If you instead try to gain the crack to the left (perhaps misled by the bolts you are supposed to use to traverse right from the crack to the anchor), you'll be back on Berserker.

Hope this saves someone some trouble. Aug 19, 2016
Adam Merry
Adam Merry   Monterey
Climbed today and, according to the Pinnacles website, there were not any raptor closures in effect. Check out but, it appears that this route may be climbable in early summer as well!

The crack just above the first belay takes a .3 c4 and makes the traverse across the moss gully feel less sketchy.

Overall, a great line and those accustomed to Pinnacles routes will find the rock quality in line with other climbs in the area. Definitely worth doing. Pitch three is excellent. May 20, 2016
Rapped off of this after doing Costanoan. I added rings to the intermediate belay on P4 so all that is needed to go top to bottom on the Citadel is one 60m rope. It takes 4 raps top to bottom. Jan 10, 2015
Went to climb this route yesterday. Started on the 12a variation. The 12a is a overhanging moss covered pile of choss. We decided to just do the standard route instead after down climbing half of the 12a. The 10c is Really Really loose! I broke off about 3 cubic feet of rock in the first 10 feet. the rest is all choss and loose blocks that flex under your feet. pitch 2 is just more choss and run out between bolts. dont bother bring cams for pitch 2 the "finger" crack off the start is loose and full of choss. if you can brave thru runout moss and choss for 4 pitches with loose bolts and no gear you will have a great time. If you are a climber and enjoy climbing ROCK not moss dont bother with the hike unless u want to walk up the 5.4 on the ridge. Nov 30, 2014
Simon W
Nowhere Land
Simon W   Nowhere Land
A worthy outing. Every Pinnacles 5.10 climber should get on this and Mission Impossible next-door at whitetail rock, especially if you are looking to get out in the middle of summer. Climbed on 8/23/14 and the temps were perfect to climb in shorts and a t-shirt. Left jacket at the base. In the shade all day.

Anchor condition:

The first one is in pretty good shape. Some of the higher ones could use some love. Homemade hangars made of thin aluminum. One of the hangars was spinning. Apart from the need for rap rings on the 4th station, this route is a good candidate for some anchor bolt love.


The first, second, third, and fifth belay stations have rap rings or chains. Adding quick-links or chains to the fourth belay would allow you to get to the ground doing single rope raps on a 60. It would probably take 3 raps, but the important thing is that you can rap to the ground from the second anchor. We rapped from the top anchor, all the way to the second anchor, to the ground, using two 60s. (On the last rap half of both ropes was on the ground.) Definitely not worth the work hiking an extra rope to The Citadel, when all that's needed is some quicklinks on the 4th anchor.


Unless you climb the crack on the first pitch, the only place you'll want trad pro is getting from the 1st belay, to the first bolt on the second pitch. There is a 5.8ish corner crack that takes fingers sized gear that goes for about 20 feet, then it's astro-turf traverse to get to the first bolt. Not very secure due to the moss, but otherwise easy. We placed a .5 and .4 C4, but a .3 would have been better for the second piece. Even with the gear you don't really want to fall there, but the outlook would be a lot worse without it.

Overall a worthy outing. 10c is about right. The crux on this one felt easier than Mission Impossible, and if you add up all the good climbing on this I felt it had more fun moves overall than that climb. Aug 24, 2014

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