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The Pit Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jun 23, 2009
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The Pit is a south-facing, mostly hidden wall to the west of the Central Pinnacles. It rises 50 feet from a jumble of boulders that make entry difficult. As the name implies, this jumble of boulders forms a pit at the base of the wall. The wall is capped by a pair of short pillars. There are three nice routes here, on excellent rock: an easy sport, a moderate crack, and a fairly challenging sport. Due to its location and hidden access, the Pit sees very little action. But definitely hit this wall on a day when you’re exploring the Western Pinnacles, especially if the Central Pinnacles are mostly locked down.

Getting There 

To find the Pit, walk west from Pistol Whipped wall to the 4WD road. Head south to where the road branches out. There are a couple of old water troughs in the ground, to the west of the road. Walk past these troughs and follow the hillside up and to the right (north) to the jumble of boulders. Look for a low cave and climb the blocks directly to the left of the entrance. Scramble up the slabs to the east-facing wall. Scramble up and right along the base of that wall. Crest the ridge and scramble down into the Pit.

Climbing Season

For the Holcomb Valley Pinnacles area.

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pit:
Sunkissed   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Pit
Rock Climbing Photo: The bolt line of Heatseeker.

Heatseeker 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : The Pit
Start on the far right side of the Pit. Try to avoid using the walls behind and to the right. Move up past the first two bolts on thin edges and continue up on nice jugs, passing the third and fourth bolts. Some slab climbing is encountered higher up. Finish atop a large ledge; the anchor, used for all three routes, is on the pillar above the ledge. Some may feel this route to be a bit contrived; I understand that the space is tight and the easier climbing really does ta...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: You'll find this cave when approaching the Pit.  C...
BETA PHOTO: You'll find this cave when approaching the Pit. C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down into the Pit.
Looking down into the Pit.
Rock Climbing Photo: The collection of boulders that make up the Pit.
BETA PHOTO: The collection of boulders that make up the Pit.

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