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PSOM Pinnacle 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: John Fischer, GU 1970's
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Submitted By: Bruce Willey on May 27, 2009

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John Fisher on his route.


The old Palisade School of Mountaineering (PSOM) training ground for clients, this route has a bit of mountaineering in it, some wandering and meandering, and a stellar lie-back finish to a small summit.

P-1: crack to slab (little bit run-out).
P-2: Bulgy crack then 3rd class through the brush to the right.
P-3: left-facing dihedral to the top of the pinnacle.


Gear to 2"

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fun climbing up the left side of PSOM Pinnacle.
Fun climbing up the left side of PSOM Pinnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading P3 of PSOM Pinnacle.  30 Aug 2014.
Leading P3 of PSOM Pinnacle. 30 Aug 2014.
Rock Climbing Photo: An unknown party on the first pitch of 'PSOM Pinna...
An unknown party on the first pitch of 'PSOM Pinna...

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By Bruce Willey
From: Bishop, CA
May 27, 2009

Of historical note: John Fischer climbed this shortly after being bit by a rattlesnake on the approach. Didn't want to disappoint his clients enrolled in a beginner mountaineering course in the PSOM. But was forced to go to the hospital later that evening.
From: Menifee, CA
Mar 2, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun climb!
P3- one of the greatest single pitches of climbing I've done.
P2- one of the worst.
By Kurtz
Oct 15, 2013

We went off-route by not moving right (through unpromising terrain) on P2. Instead, we stayed in the "channel" and went straight up. This was a wee bit stiffer, but fun climbing.

Either way, you can link PSOM Pinnacle with the excellent last 4 pitches of the John Fischer Memorial Route . Note that the JFMR is 10a/b but you can bail at any point from the bolted anchors.
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Sep 2, 2014

one long rap from pinnacle topside anchor with two joined 70 m ropes just makes it back down to the base, bec our party of 3 happened to have two ropes
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Jan 29, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I agree with EJF. 2 stars for pitch 1; a bomb for pitch 2; and 3 stars for pitch 3.
By outdooreric
From: Bishop, CA
Aug 30, 2016

With a 70m rope, you can climb the 5.7 bolted slab variation start of Racing Lizards straight up into the PSOM first pitch groove and end at the Silver Streak bolted anchor. This avoids the run-out slab start and makes communication easier on the second pitch ledge traverses.

The guidebook has the third pitch wrong. The left side of the pinnacle is 5.6 and is OK. The quality 5.8 lieback is on the right.

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