Avg: 2 from 3 votes
|Type:||Trad, 80 ft (24 m)|
|FA:||Jim "the Bird" Bridwell and Craig Little 10/1965 FFA: Mark Chapman and Ed Barry 1/73|
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|Shared By:||Bruce Hildenbrand on Mar 31, 2021|
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Current Raptor Advisories for Pinnacles National Park nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/…
Closures effective as of the day after Martin Luther King Day- July 3. Check closure website for details on closed areas.
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There are much better routes on Discovery Wall, but if you haven't ticked this one, maybe it's time. The problem is that the crux is at the very end of the pitch and the protection, from small cams, is, well, er, uh, less than inspiring. The chains are oh, so close, but oh, so far away.
Start below the large right facing dihedral with a crack and climb up it on moderate terrain, cams for protection, to the roof. Traverse right under the roof using a finger-sized crack for protection. One or two fixed pins may be found along the way, but as with any fixed pins at the Pinns they are to be treated with care lest they fall out into your hands.
Get as good as gear as possible for the moves at end of the traverse to the chains. The original ascent continued past the chains to the top of the wall.
This is at the right(northern) end of Discovery Wall. It is easily recognized from the junction of the High Peaks Trail with the trail which accesses Discovery Wall by the large right facing dihedral capped by a tremendous roof. The chains at the end of the route should be visible from the ground.