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Choss wrangling up the Pin. Tongue River and the c...
A real "because it's there" outing...this is one of the more appealing and free-standing towers found in these choss cliffs. As the name implies, it's composed of dubious blocky rock that looks like it'll topple over, but is more solid that would seem on closer inspection. The climbing is easy up the obvious groove on the roadside aspect of the uphill face. The photo opportunities and tiny summit are the route's only redeeming qualities.
A mile or so before the trailhead the road makes a large bend around a ridge. The Pin is tucked up against adjacent cliffs several hundred feet above the road on the right. It's hard to see unless you're really paying attention. There's a decent pullout on the right side of the road directly beneath the Pin. Bushwhack up steep brush and talus, skirting right around a cliff band below the Pin and traversing back left (toward the road) on a large bench to the Pin. About 20 minutes or so.
Single set of stoppers and cams. Watch where you protect, as much of the rock is suspiciously blocky. Double bolt rap anchors, bring webbing.
On the small summit after the FA.