Pin Cushion Wall Rock Climbing
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|Submitted By: ||Brian Quiter on Aug 20, 2003|
A handful of moderately runout sport climbs ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.10c. The entire wall is less-than-vertical, but much of the climbing is still quite interesting and a deviation from the majority of Castle Craggs trad climbing.
From the Vista Point parking lot, hike up the trail until after the turnoff for Indian Springs. Approximately 400 Aron's Paces (not really a unit) uphill from the Indian Springs turnout, turn uphill on a climber's trail at a clock-wise switchback. Continue up and left on the trail, over Newspaper Ledge then hug the wall on the right downhill from the 'ledge' and you'll find yourself at the belay area.
To get your bearings, the first bolted route you'll encounter is Mild Steel (5.10b). The guidebook might make you think that its a little further right than it is, so heads up.
Climbing Season For the Castle Crags area.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
1 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Pin Cushion Wall
Mild Steel 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA
: Northeast California
: ... : Pin Cushion Wall
Mild Steel is the right-most bolted route on the Pin Cushion Wall. It is further left than the picture in the guidebook would indicate, and the first bolt is about 20 feet off the deck. The first pitch is less-than-vertical face climbing on good granite.The second pitch is a one move wonder that involves getting over a steep bulge with rock on three sides.Walking off is very simple. Head back and right and you'll find a little climbers trail that leads you back to Newspaper Ledge and down. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 15, 2003
Not a unit? Bah! 400 yards. Almost exactly.