Ascent of The Pinnacles on 2017-08-19

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Saturday, August 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Pinnacles
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:8442 ft / 2573 m

Ascent Trip Report

6hrs40 day hike from NW, standard trailhead off South Fork FSR. Main forest road in reasonable condition, a little rutting from recent logging. Track up to TH could be a little challenging for 2wd due to a steepish loosish section and a couple of drainage channels, but might be doable. No problem in RAV4 AWD

Stayed at Gold Panners camp ground the night before, gates locked til 0730 hence a late start, about same time as Mclellans who stayed there last year before their climb...

Trail straight ahead in direction of road, through forest, then follows a dry creek for a time, then hops left onto a dry creek/avalanche gully which heads straight uphill, then R into forest still climbing steeply, using a couple more avalanche gullies en route. I follow L (N) shore of Monashee Lake then keep L of a couple of dry lakes then cross a saddle via a system of small moraine ridges.

I keep R (S) of the lake which drains NE then climb the slabby messy NW ridge which leads to North Pinnacle, crossing a couple of old snow slopes (no need for crampons). I go over the first low summit on the North Pinnacle ridge, and bypass the second on its L.

North Pinnacle itself starts with 5m of class 3 leading up R to an arete, then a short scramble down into a notch. From the notch is a choice of routes: far R is a loose easy gully (but some exposure involved in reaching it). Further L (just R of the notch) is a steep ramp, looks like YDS3 although I didn't use it. Immediately L of the notch is what should be a simple steep scramble except the rock looks unstable. Five metres further L is a steep corner with good rock, slightly technical start, YDS4. Further up however the rock is less secure and I was relieved to reach the steep summit ridge which easily leads to the summit cairn. Oddly a new register was placed a month ago; the old jam jar post-it register is however still there so I pushed the newer one further back into the cairn. Decent views, chilly breeze.

I'm up in 3hrs20, spend 20 mins at the summit and descend in 3 hrs using the same route. I enjoy the chossy slabby NW ridge more in descent: I guess it helps not to have to look up at it! Mt Severidge and its companions are a much better backdrop.

The trailhead is still deserted: no one else been here all day by the looks of it. I'm soon off, keen to make at least one of the ferries needed to reach Upper Saddle. I also need to find WiFi to finalise plans for meeting up with Greg Slayden. WiFi turns out not to be necessary however, as he turns up in the Needles Ferry queue a few cars behind me!

We continue together to Upper Saddle - see that TR for ferry details.

Pinnacles photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4111 ft / 1253 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4111 ft / 1253 m
    Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Start Trailhead:4331 ft / 1320 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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