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Machete Ridge Rock Climbing 


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Location: 36.49729, -121.20149 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Jul 7, 2003
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Description 

This crazy 700 foot wall holds some excellent routes, some trad,most sport. It's about 1/2 a mile long, so there's something foranyone willing to lead 5.8 and above, and willing to commit atleast a few hours (if not a whole day) for some multipitch fun.You can also boulder in the arch, which is pretty easy to get toif you're on the west side of Pinnicles National Monument.

Type of rock... All sorts of shit. Volcanically generated looseshit that's scary and fun as hell.

This rock will be in the sun part of the day, and in the shadesome, depending on what you're climbing.

Classics: Machete Direct (5.12a or 5.8 A2) and Destiny (5.8).

Getting There 

Approach time: 15 minutes.From the West end parking lot, take the trail leading down to theBalconies and The Machete Ridge Area. After walking through aserious of large rocks (some up to 150' tall), you will finallyhave the Machete in view, in all of it's magnificance.The trail will lead into the Arch, which is a 300 foot long archthat allows some seriously highball bouldering, and thepossibility for a really really heinous start of a short route.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.4 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Machete Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Machete Ridge:
Old Original   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
Twinkle Toes Traverse   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Dos Equis   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Machete Direct    5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A1 R     Trad, Sport, Aid, 6 pitches, 700'   
Cuidado!   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 500'   
Son of Dawn Wall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13     Trad, Sport, Aid, 4 pitches, 500'   
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Son of Dawn Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c A0-1 PG13  California : Central Coast : ... : Machete Ridge
I feel this excellent mixed route may be better than Cuidado. It follows one of the most striking lines in the Park, and offers great and sustained adventure climbing.P1: Fun sport climbing on good rock. Enjoyable bulge with some cool, non-pinnacles like moves. A little loose up high, but a superfluous amount of bolts protect all moves. Ends at bolt belay.P2: Some bolt-pulling aid moves through a chossy steep section, much like Bills Bad Bolts. Then open face climbing in a groove. Some exciting ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Machete Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.
Machete Ridge. Photo by Blitzo.

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By mungeclimber
Jul 25, 2003
huh? 1 1/2 miles long?

Not even close.I dare say it's not even a 1/2 mile long. A 1/4 mile? Doubt it.

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