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Description

Pinnacle Ridge is located on the downstream side of, and can be seen from, the Grey Wall. The ridge has five pinnacles (referred to from the top of the ridge).

Located 20m down and right of the 1st pinnacle.

The 3rd pinnacle is the smallest of the pinnacles and is located 20m further along the ridge from the 2nd pinnacle.

Further down the ridge.

Approach

Access to the climbs is via the descent gully on the downstream end of the ridge or by scrambling along the ridge itself. Only 4 routes are recorded in this area - one each for the first 4 pinnacles.

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Start: The fine crack that rises up from the slab on the shorter western face.

Up finger crack to ledge, then left and over block to top.

FA: Brian Birchall & P. Prior, 1978

Located 20m down and right of the 1st pinnacle.

Start: At the the base of the crack line that leads to to the obvious chimney up higher on the main face.

Up right-hand flake, then left to bulging crack. Over crack to ledge then chimney to top.

FA: Brian Birchall & P. Prior, 1978

The 3rd pinnacle is the smallest of the pinnacles and is located 20m further along the ridge from the 2nd pinnacle.

Start: Obvious overhanging crack on the western face of the pinnacle.

Straight up crack to top.

FA: P. Prior & Brian Birchall, 1978

Further down the ridge.

The aristocrat of New England cracks. An airy hand traverse to relieve the boredom.

Start: The beautiful clean crack that splits the main face.

  1. 20m Up chimney, then crack to main ledge.

  2. 25m (crux) Short chimney into main off-width which splits the face. Up off-width until crack runs out. Hand traverse left into corner and belay.

  3. 12m Up chimney, through tree, then to top.

FA: Brian Birchall & G. Francis, 1978

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