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YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek
Season: Late Spring, Summer, early Fall
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Submitted By: Darshan Ahluwalia on Sep 21, 2006

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Great 5.10- crack climb that has good sections on every pitch. First pitch is the real winner, though, and the crux of the climb.

P1: Climb the small finger crack in the back of the dihedral to a big ledge. First couple moves off the belay is the crux and can be protected with a tiny blue or black alien. A quick 5.10b move.

P2: Climb the discontinous mostly finger-sized crack systems. halfway through the pitch you encounter a 15-foot long splitter tight hands section. This is probably the crux of this pitch. 5.10a. Traverse left on a ledge to belay underneath the offwidth / chimney crack that is the third pitch. A longer pitch.

P3: Climb up and through the chimney. Wide gear required to protect this pitch. Finish on a ledge near the summit. 5.9.


The route is in the center-right of the crag. It starts in the obvious dihedral. Scramble up third and fourth class ledges to get to the base of the dihedral. To get down, there is a short rappel that brings you to the backside of Cardinal Pinnacle. Walk down the scree around the right side of the crag. Scramble up the ledges to get back to the base of the route if needed.


Standard rack: full set of cams and nuts, with a few extra finger sizes. Bring a couple 4" cams for the last pitch. A blue or black alien is useful to protect the first move on the first pitch.

Photos of Cucumbers Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Jessie enjoying P2
Jessie enjoying P2
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch one, the crux.
Pitch one, the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cucumbers pitch one
Cucumbers pitch one
Rock Climbing Photo: views of Sabrina Basin, one of the perks of climbi...
views of Sabrina Basin, one of the perks of climbi...
Rock Climbing Photo: we started a tad bit lower instead of directly at ...
we started a tad bit lower instead of directly at ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2
Pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2
Pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch one, finishing up.
Pitch one, finishing up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch one, higher up.
Pitch one, higher up.

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By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
May 26, 2007

FA Doug Robinson and Dennis Hennek

Why is it called cucumbers? Because the two ate some cucumbers at the top after climbing the route.
By Darshan Ahluwalia
From: Petaluma, CA
Dec 17, 2007

that is really funny about the name.
By Karsten Duncan
From: Sacramento, CA
Sep 9, 2010

I agree with Darshan's assessment of the first pitch. I would conservatively rate this pitch R. The small cam you get in down low is not that inspiring. If that piece pulls you could be going for a ride not only to the base of the route but down the 4th class below. Don't blow it!
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Sep 15, 2014

at the start of Cucumbers dihedral, had more faith in the microstoppers than the tiny cam "placement" after fiddling all in
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 23, 2017
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Pro for the first move is dicey for sure, but if you've ever done a 5.9 friction mantle you'll be just fine. What a fantastic corner pitch!

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